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Club Brugge v PSG Live Commentary & Result, 15/09/2021, UEFA Champions League

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That’s all from us today folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!

Manchester City beat RB Leipzig 6-3 in the other game, so they sit top of Group A, with PSG and Brugge level on points in second and third. Brugge face Leipzig in their next Champions League game in two weeks time, meanwhile PSG welcome Man City.

It somehow ends 1-1 between Club Brugge and PSG, despite numerous chances for both teams to win it in the second period, after first-half goals from Herrera and Vanaken. Brugge played brilliantly, roared on by the home crowd and constantly tested the PSG defence, as Navas was called into action to deny Lang on a couple of occasions. Meanwhile at the other end, Messi and Icardi went close to scoring a second, but they just couldn’t find the breakthrough and had to settle for a point.

90′ + 3′ FULL-TIME: CLUB BRUGGE 1-1 PSG

90′ + 2′ Late change here by Brugge, with Sowah the man coming off and he has been replaced by Maouassa.

90′ + 1′ Good counter! Lang wins the ball back inside his own half and then races up the pitch and catches PSG out on the break, before firing an effort towards goal. However, it flies well off target.

90′ There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played at the end of the second half.

88′ PSG are starting to turn the screw in the final stages, with Neymar and Messi getting involved more as they push for a second goal. However, Brugge are defending well.

87′ Mendes has been excellent since coming on, adding something extra to the PSG attack down the left wing in the final few minutes.

85′ There have been plenty of goals in the other game in Group A, with Manchester City currently beating RB Leipzig 5-3 at the Etihad.

83′ There isn’t long left to play now, less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock. Can either side nick a winner late on?

81′ CLOSE! How did he miss? Mendes once again does brilliantly down the left and drills a low ball into the six-yard box for Icardi, who was unmarked and he flicks it towards goal, but he somehow misses the target. He should have scored!

79′ CHANCE! Mendes sprints down the left wing and he gets into the final third, before pulling the ball back to Messi just inside the box. However, Messi can’t keep the shot down and it flies high over the bar.

78′ The last time Brugge hosted PSG, they were beaten 5-0 in the 2019-20 Champions League – this remains their heaviest home defeat in their history in European competition.

76′ Balanta is the latest player to be booked after a foul on Neymar.

75′ PSG have made another change, with Diallo the man coming off and he has been replaced by Mendes.

74′ CLOSE! Lang almost makes it 2-1 with an acrobatic volley! De Ketelaere chips the ball towards the far post and Lang fires an overhead kick towards the near post, but it flies just past the bottom left corner of the net. What a goal that would have been!

72′ Messi is now booked for a foul on Rits in the Brugge half of the pitch. It looks like a challenge made in frustration.

70′ SAVE! Messi comes to life for PSG at the other end of the pitch, showing great skill to get away from the Brugge defenders on the edge of the box, working space for a shot and powering the ball towards goal. However, the effort is too close to Mignolet, who makes a good save.

69′ Decent chance! De Ketelaere sets up Lang, who races into the box and fires a shot towards the near post. However, his shot lacks enough pace to trouble Navas, who makes a comfortable stop.

67′ Good move! Another quick counter by the hosts, with Lang released down the left wing and he pulls the ball back into the penalty area, but a team-mate can’t reach it. However, PSG don’t clear their lines and it falls to Sowah, but his volley flies high over the bar.

66′ Still no sign of any changes by the home side, despite PSG making three of their own already. Although there’s not much you would want to change at the moment, as they are full of confidence, especially in attack.

64′ Lang does well to control a deep ball into the penalty area, but he can’t quite turn and get a shot away, after being put under a lot of pressure from Marquinhos and PSG clear the danger.

62′ Poor challenge by Lang on Herrera, catching the PSG midfielder late and the referee shows no hesitation in showing him a yellow card.

61′ Brugge will be the happier of the two teams at the moment, as PSG were the favourites coming into the game and are expected to win, but the Belgian side have held their ground and played really well so far.

59′ There isn’t much separating the two teams at the moment, with a few challenges flying in as it starts to get a bit heated in midfield.

57′ Vanaken has now scored five goals in his last eight Champions League appearances for Brugge – in total, his seven goals for Brugge are the most of any player in Champions League history.

55′ Draxler is yet to really get involved for PSG since coming on at the break, but the visitors are starting to see a bit more of the ball in the last few minutes.

53′ PSG just don’t seem to be able to get going in attack, with Brugge looking like more likely of the two sides to score again at the moment.

51′ Injury worry here for Mbappe as he signals that he cannot continue due to a problem and he has been replaced by Icardi.

49′ BLOCKED! Another great chance for Brugge in the opening few minutes of the second half! Vanaken and De Ketelaere work it nicely in the box, with De Ketelaere pulling the ball back to Hendry, who powers a shot towards goal. However, it is superbly blocked by Diallo.

48′ CHANCE! Lang sneaks in behind the PSG defence and gets on the end of an excellent throughball by Sowah, but the angle is very tight for a shot. However, he manages to get one away and Navas makes a good save at the near post.

46′ The second half is under way!

Danilo Pereira

L. Paredes

46′ The other change sees Paredes head off and he has been replaced by Danilo.

46′ PSG have made a double substitution ahead of the second half, with Wijnaldum one of those coming off and he has been replaced by Draxler.

The game has been very open so far, end-to-end at times, with Brugge trying to catch PSG out at the back on the counter-attack and they’ve kept the PSG defence busy. This one could go either way at the moment.

It’s level at the break between Brugge and PSG, with the visitors taking an early lead through Herrera, after a terrific run down the left wing by Mbappe to set him up. However, the Belgian side responded well to going a goal down and Vanaken scored the equaliser on 27 minutes to make it 1-1. Messi went very close to scoring a second for PSG when his curling effort hit the crossbar, before Vanaken and De Ketelaere forced Navas into two excellent saves at the other end.

45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: CLUB BRUGGE 1-1 PSG

45′ There will be a minimum of one minute added time played at the end of the first half.

44′ CLOSE! De Ketelaere has been a handful for PSG today and he once again creates something in the penalty area. The striker finds space deep in the box and manages to get a shot away, but it takes a deflection off Marquinhos and flies just wide.

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43′ There isn’t long left to play before the end of the first half, can either side score a second goal before the half-time whistle?

41′ Stoppage in play here as Mbappe is down receiving some treatment by the PSG medical staff after he is barged in the back and caught late. However, it looks like he will be fine to continue.

39′ CHANCE! PSG lose the ball on the halfway line and the hosts counter quickly up the pitch, with Lang and De Ketelaere playing a lovely one-two, to send the latter into the penalty area. De Ketelaere then cuts inside onto his right foot and fires an effort towards goal, but it is too close to Navas, who manages to tip it over the crossbar.

37′ The atmosphere is electric inside the stadium, with the home supporters loving this performance from their side as they push forward in search of another goal before half-time.

35′ In the current group stage format, Brugge have only won their opening game of a Champions League campaign once in their last six tournament appearances (D2 L3). However, this did come last season with an away victory at Zenit Saint Petersburg (2-1).

33′ SAVE! Vanaken steps up to take a free-kick for Brugge in a good position around 25 yards out and he curls it around the PSG wall, sending the ball towards the bottom right corner of the net. However, Navas does brilliantly to read it and makes a diving save to tip it around the post.

31′ We’re past the half an hour mark now and it remains 1-1 between Club Brugge and PSG, with the visitors taking the lead after 15 minutes through Herrera, before Vanaken equalised just a few minutes ago.

29′ OFF THE BAR! Messi goes so close to sending PSG ahead! He is given far too much time and space on the edge of the box and cuts the ball onto his left foot, before unleashing a curling effort towards the top left corner of the net. However, it strikes the crossbar! Mignolet was well beaten.

27′ Sobol races down the left wing, taking on Hakimi, before firing a low cross into the box for a team-mate and luckily Vanaken reads the pass and coolly converts.

27′ GOAL! Club Brugge have equalised, it’s 1-1! The goal is similar to the opening one by PSG, as Brugge also work it well down the left wing and Sobol finds space to pull the ball back to Vanaken, who races into the box and latches on it, before firing it past Navas and into the back of the net. Game on!

25′ The visitors won’t be enjoying the amount of defending they are having to do at the moment, with Kimpembe and Marquinhos constantly having to be on their toes as Brugge come forward in numbers.

23′ Decent chance! Terrific skill from Messi to carve open the Brugge defence and then slide the ball through to Mbappe, who turns and fires an effort towards goal. However, Mignolet gets down quickly and makes a good save.

23′ The game is quite open now, with PSG trying to push forward, but they can’t carve through the Brugge defence and then the hosts look dangerous at the other end themselves.

21′ Neither keeper is yet to make a save, with much of the action taking place in front of them and we haven’t had too much action in the penalty areas.

19′ PSG will be eager to double their lead before the break if they can, but they need to get Messi, Neymar and Mbappe involved a bit more, as they haven’t tested the Brugge defence too much, apart from the goal.

17′ It will be interesting to see how the hosts respond to going a goal down as they had shown some positive signs prior to the PSG goal. Especially on the counter-attack.

15′ Mbappe did really well down the wing to open up the Brugge defence and work the space for the cross, fooling Mata and then producing a fine cross for Herrera to meet in the box.

15′ GOAL! PSG take the lead, it’s 1-0! Herrera is the man with the goal to send PSG ahead after just 15 minutes. They work it quickly down the left, with Mbappe taking on Mata down the wing, twisting and turning away from the defender, before drilling a low cross into the box, which is met by Herrera. The PSG man then produces a fine strike, to power the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

14′ Club Brugge and PSG will face in the group stage of the Champions League for a second season, after previously doing so in 2019-20. The French side won both games in that campaign, by an aggregate score of 6-0.

12′ JUST A YELLOW! Paredes loses the ball around 30 yards out after he fails to control a pass and De Ketelaere nicks it off his toes, with the PSG midfielder then diving in to win it back, but he brings the Brugge man down, catching him late. Lucikly for Paredes, Marquinhos was there to mop up the ball as otherwise De Ketelaere would have been through on goal and it would be a straight red card.

11′ The Belgian side win the first corner of the game, but it takes a while for it to be taken as there is a bit of pushing and shoving going on in the box. When the set-piece is eventually whipped into the penalty area, Navas comes to punch clear, but doesn’t make great contact, before gathering on the second attempt.

9′ PSG just can’t seem to find a way into the Club Brugge penalty area at the moment, Herrera almost feeds Hakimi in behind with a throughball down the right wing, but the pass is well cut out and the hosts clear the danger.

7′ This is better from Brugge, they manage to keep the ball for a brief spell inside the PSG half of the pitch, but can’t get into the final third to create anything in front of goal.

5′ The hosts are having to sit deep and soak up a lot of early pressure, as they are struggling to get a touch on the ball and when they do they are losing it straight away.

3′ It’s all PSG in the opening few minutes of the game, dominating possession in the middle of the pitch as you might expect, trying to link up to to the attacking front three of Messi, Mbappe and Neymar.

The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!

The hosts make just one change to their starting line-up, with Rits coming into the team, replacing by Vormer.

The big team news for PSG is that Messi makes his first start for the French club, replacing Rafinha in a three-man attack, that also features Mbappe and Neymar. There are four other changes, with Navas, Wijnaldum, Paredes and Neymar coming into the team, as Donnarumma, Danilo, Idrissa Gueye and Draxler miss out. 

CLUB BRUGGE SUBS: Brandon Mechele, Bas Dost, Faitout Maouassa, Noah Mbamba, Wesley, Tibo Persyn, Senne Lammens, Ruud Vormer, Ignace Van der Brempt.

CLUB BRUGGE (3-5-2): Simon Mignolet; Clinton Mata, Jack Hendry, Stanley N’Soki; Kamal Sowah, Mats Rits, Eder Balanta, Hans Vanaken, Eduard Sobol; Charles De Ketelaere, Noa Lang.

PSG SUBS: Julian Draxler, Mauro Icardi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alexandre Letellier, Thilo Kehrer, Nathan Bitumazala, Nuno Mendes, Eric Ebimbe, El Chadaille Bitshiabu, Danilo Pereira, Teddy Alloh.

PSG (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Abdou Diallo; Georginio Wijnaldum, Leandro Paredes, Ander Herrera; Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar.

Club Brugge are also top of their league, one point ahead of their closest rivals in the Belgian Pro League and they beat Oostende 3-0 at the weekend. The Belgian side failed to progress from the group stages last season in the Champions League and may find it tough again this year, with Manchester City and RB Leipzig making up the other teams in Group A.

PSG get their Champions League campaign off today, hoping that the influence of Lionel Messi can fire them to success in the competition this season. They finished as semi-finalists last season, suffering a defeat against Manchester City in the final four. PSG are in fine domestic form, having won all five of their opening games, to see them top Ligue 1.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Champions League clash between Club Brugge and Paris Saint-Germain.



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