Tau's Brugge move nine points clear

International

Percy Tau's Club Brugge sit nine points clear at the top of the Belgian Pro League table following their goalless draw away to Charleroi on Wednesday evening.

Brugge were eager to return to winning ways after registering draws in their previous two encounters while Charleori dropped points at AS Eupen on Saturday.

After starting the first few games of the year on the bench, Tau was re-called to the staring line-up alongside Charles De Ketelaere in the attack.

The Bafana Bafana attacker looked lively on his return to the starting line-up and he nearly played a part in the opening goal after setting up Hans Vanaken, who was unable to convert on 21 minutes.

While the home side shaded the possession statistics, they had to wait until the 39th minute for their next opening at goal but Ruud Vormer was let down by his finishing in the 18-yard area.

It was more of the same for Brugge in the second half, which prompted coach Philippe Clement to withdraw Tau for Krepin Diatta just before the hour mark.

Even after the withdrawal of Tau, Clement's charges struggled to break down the Charleori defence in the latter stages of the second half as the encounter while the hosts were unable to carve out an opening of their own.

Brugge will now turn their attention to Sunday's visit of Royal Antwerp in the Belgian top flight.

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