Tau unused as Brugge drop points

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Club Brugge extended their lead at the top of the Belgian Pro League table to nine points despite playing to a goalless draw with Standard Liege on Wednesday evening, although there was no action for Percy Tau.

Brugge manager Philippe Clement made only one change from their win over Zulte-Waregem in the Belgian Cup semi-final second-leg, as teenage midfielder Charles De Ketelaere took the place of Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis. Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana star forward Percy Tau was once again named on the bench.

The visitors were finding the going tough in the opening exchanges but they came close to going ahead in the 23rd minute after Michael Krmencik went clear on goal but his strike was saved by Liege goalkeeper Arnaud Bodart.

Brugge came very close to breaking the deadlock on the stroke of half-time but they were denied by Bodart, who made a double save to keep the score goalless going to the break.

The second stanza started at a high intensity but the sides were not carving out clear openings with a lot of physical duels interrupting the flow of the match.

The hosts had a good attacking spell after the hour-mark and came close to finding the breakthrough in the 73rd minute after Mamadou Oulare unleashed powerful shot that was parried away by Brugge shot-stopper Simon Mignolet.

Clement only made his first chance in the last six minutes, as Nigerian forward David Okerere came on for Czech striker Krmencik for fresh legs upfront.

Brugge were weathering the storm in the tail end and managed to keep the Liege attack at bay, as the sides shared the spoils in the end on the night, with Clement's charges going nine points clear at the top of the table.