Copen­hagen bow out in style with Bruges win

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

BRUSSELS: FC Copen­hagen scored twice in the open­ing 15 min­utes to se­cure a 2-0 vic­tory at Club Bruges yes­ter­day, but saw their hopes of a place in the Cham­pi­ons League knock­out stages dashed.

An own goal by Bruges de­fender Bran­don Mechele and a header from Mathias Jor­gensen handed Copen­hagen a de­served win at the Jan Brey­del­sta­dion that in the end was only good enough for third place in Group G.

The Dan­ish side had needed vic­tory and no more than a draw for Porto at home to English cham­pi­ons Leicester City to ad­vance, but saw their hopes of a sec­ond round place quashed as the Por­tuguese side romped to a 5-0 win.

Copen­hagen, who will now en­ter the last 32 of the Europa League, scored both their goals from set-pieces whipped into the box by Lud­wig Au­gustins­son.

Cap­tain Thomas De­laney got a slight touch to a free kick and the ball de­flected into the net off the un­lucky Mechele.

The vis­i­tors dou­bled their lead when Jor­gensen headed home Au­gustins­son’s cor­ner. It was an­other soft goal con­ceded by the home side, who lost all six of their group games in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

— AFP

BRUGES: FC Copen­hagen’s Erik Jo­hans­son (L) and Club Bruges’s Wes­ley Mo­raes vie for the ball dur­ing their UEFA Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball match at the Jan Brey­del­sta­dion yes­ter­day in Bruges.

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