Club Brugge 3-0 AaB
Club Brugge cruised into the last 16 of the Europa League by racking up a 6-1 aggregate victory over Aalborg. The Belgian club put one foot in the next round by hitting Kent Nielsen's men 3-1 in northern Denmark last week and they wasted no time confirming their superiority in the second leg. Victor Vazquez ensured the reigning Superliga champions had everything to do with an early opener and second-half goals from Obbi Oulare and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo rubber-stamped a comprehensive 3-0 win on the night. Aalborg were always going to be up against it having conceded three away goals in Denmark and their chances of progressing grew even slimmer within 11 minutes of play at the Jan Breydel Stadion. The Belgians worked their way down the left side of the park before Lior Rafaelov slotted the ball across the box for Vazquez to turn home from six yards out. Brugge pushed for a quickfire second, with Ruud Vormer smashing a shot just wide, but Aalborg soon sprang into life and dominated the rest of the half. Thomas Enevoldsen was unlucky to miss the mark with an effort on the stroke of 30 minutes and Andreas Bruhn certainly gave Brugge goalkeeper Matthew Ryan food for thought with his swerving drive. The Australian got a rare feel of the ball when play resumed as Enevoldsen came knocking but Brugge soon resumed turning the screw with Oulare and Thomas Meunier both going close. In the 64th minute the former put the Belgians out of sight. Vormer provided the assist from the left that Oulare steered into the bottom corner with his right boot. Aalborg's heads dropped and it only took their hosts 10 more minutes to make it 3-0 as Vormer found more joy down the left flank to pick out Bolingoli-Mbombo for a regulation tap-in.
- PA Sport