Club Brugge 1 Blues 2
Report of match 20th October 2011
Reporter Brian Cartlidge
Chris Wood scored a stunning winner in the 10th minute of stoppage time to secure Blues a thrilling Europa League Group H 2-1 win at Club Brugge.
Blues had trailed to Joseph Akpala's third-minute opener but roared on by more than 5,400 travelling fans they equalised through David Murphy's slick finish in the 26th minute.
Blues then took control and Adam Rooney had two excellent chances to put them ahead before the half time interval.
Brugge looked a lot smarter after the break and had the lions share of possesion although they created few opportunities in front of goal.
Then, as the game looked to be heading for a draw, Pablo Ibanez was knocked unconscious in worrying fashion and during time added on for the Blues defender's treatment Marlon King crossed into the box where Wood stole in at the near post to score a dramatic winner.
The 2-1 win at the Jan Breydelstadion took Blues to the top of Group H with six points gained from their three games played and with Maribor only managing to draw 1-1 with Sporting Braga in the other group game they now have a real opportunity of reaching the knockout stage.
|Competition: UEFA Europa League Date: Thursday, 20th October 2011 Kick off: 18:00 Venue:|
|1 - 2||Birmingham C.
|28||Jannes van Steenkiste (De Jonghe 61)|
|11||Jonathan Blondel (Deschilder 82)|
|8||Lior Rafaelov (Meunier 64)|
|27||Jimmy De Jonghe (van Steenkiste 61)|
|26||Fries Deschilder (Blondel 82)|
|20||Thibaut Van Acker|
|19||Thomas Meunier (Rafaelov 64)|
|5||Pablo Ibanez (Ridgewell 90)|
|17||Adam Rooney (King 73)|
|19||Nikola Zigic (Wood 73)|
|9||Marlon King (Rooney 73)|
|39||Chris Wood (Zigic 73)|
|6||Liam Ridgewell (Ibanez 90)|
|Club Brugge cards shown|
|31 mins||Jonathan Blondel||Unsporting behaviour|
|67 mins||Niki Zimling||Deliberate handball|
|Birmingham C. cards shown|
|35 mins||Nikola Zigic||Unsporting behaviour|
|76 mins||Jonathan Spector||Deliberate handball|
|82 mins||Wade Elliott||Unsporting behaviour|