Tau's Brugge edge Kyiv in UCL qualifier

UEFA Champions League

Percy Tau's Club Brugge nabbed a slender 1-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League third round qualifier on Tuesday evening.

Brugge, who opened their domestic campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Sint-Truden at home, rolled out new signing Simon Mignolet in goal along with Tau who scored over the weekend.

Granted the stakes at play, neither side put their best foot forward as wasteful possession and near-misses unravelled the opening quarter. However, Brugge were in front 37 minutes in after Hans Vanaken slammed home from the spot following a foul inside the penalty area.

The visitors looked for a reply before halftime, but Brugge maintained their shape at the back to go into the dressing room in complete ascendancy.

Kyiv responded with a double change at the break, as Oleksandr Karavaev made space for Viktor Tsygankov followed by Gerson Rodrigues who replaced Artem Besedin.

The turnaround strategy didn’t bring the desired outcome though, as Brugge proved hard to break down on all fronts.

Brugge’s strong-hold on the match after 64 minutes upped a notch, with Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis sacrificed for Siebe Schrijvers on the wide side of attack.

Leaning towards full-time, both sides stifled out each other with no meaningful opportunities in front of goal. Thus, the encounter drew to a close with the Belgian champions heading to Kyiv for the return-leg in two weeks time with a narrow lead.