Club Brugge 1-3 Real Madrid: Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior on target for Zidane's men

Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric all scored as Real Madrid edged past Club Brugge to finish second in Group A, behind Paris Saint-Germain.

Published : Dec 12, 2019 09:05 IST

Vinicius Junior took his goal superbly and was in the thick of the action throughout.
Vinicius Junior took his goal superbly and was in the thick of the action throughout.

Vinicius Junior took his goal superbly and was in the thick of the action throughout.

Real Madrid ended its Champions League Group A campaign with a routine 3-1 win over Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium.

Zinedine Zidane's side had already secured its last-16 berth before the clash in Belgium and can now turn its attention to the draw for the knockout stages, which takes place on Monday.

Hans Vanaken cancelled out Rodrygo Goes' opener within the space of two second-half minutes, but a first Champions League goal for Vinicius Junior and a sublime strike from Luka Modric sealed all three points for the La Liga giant.

Galatasaray's defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital, meanwhile, means Brugge finish third in the group and will now compete in the knockout stages of the Europa League in 2020.

Both goalkeepers were forced into excellent saves inside the opening 15 minutes; Alphonse Areola used his legs to keep out Percy Tau's close-range effort, while Simon Mignolet pawed over Luka Jovic's drive that capped a flowing move.

Isco came agonisingly close to opening the scoring shortly after the half-hour mark, the Spain international dragging wide of Mignolet's right-hand post from 18 yards.

The game then burst into life shortly after the interval, with two goals in as many minutes.

After a marauding run down the right-hand side, Alvaro Odriozola picked out Rodrygo and the Brazilian steered in a superb left-footed volley off an upright to put the visitors ahead.

That was cancelled out just 101 seconds later, however, when Vanaken collected Dennis' pass and whipped the ball past Areola from 15 yards.

Madrid restored its lead after 64 minutes when Vinicius slotted home from close range after Rodrygo had failed to get a shot away inside a crowded penalty area.

Modric then added a touch of gloss to the final scoreline with a sumptuous finish in stoppage time, the Croatian curling his effort past Mignolet from a central position just outside the penalty area.

What does it mean? Madrid through but improvement required

It has been far from a stellar campaign so far in this season's Champions League from Madrid, with just three wins from its six group games.

Zidane will know his side needs to improve dramatically if it is to go deep into the latter stages of a competition it won three times between 2016 and 2018.

Rodrygo at home on the big stage

The 18-year-old announced his arrival in European football's premier club competition with a hat-trick against Galatasaray and again showed why he is so highly rated. He took his goal superbly and was in the thick of the action throughout.

Jovic fails to deliver again

The former Eintracht Frankfurt striker has struggled since his move to the Spanish capital, scoring just one goal across all competitions. He came close to adding to his tally in the first half, but offered little else before he was substituted for Karim Benzema in the second half.  

Key Opta facts

- Real Madrid has won four of its last five away games in the Champions League group stages (L1), as many as it registered across its previous nine in the competition (W4 D3 L2).

- Club Brugge has dropped into the UEFA Cup/Europa League following five of its seven Champions League campaigns.

- Vinicius' goal was his first in any competition since September (when he was on target against Osasuna in a LaLiga fixture).

- The average age of Real Madrid's line-up against Club Brugge was 24 years and 325 days – its youngest for a fixture in any competition this season.

- Two Brazilians scored in the same Champions League match for Real Madrid for the first time in 12 years, when Julio Baptista and Robinho were on target against Lazio, also on December 11, in 2007.

What's next?

Zidane takes his side to Valencia in La Liga on Sunday before a huge Clasico clash with Barcelona at Camp Nou. Brugge also returns to domestic action on Sunday, facing Mechelen at home.

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