UEFA Champions League: Ghana’s Kamal Sowah sees red as Club Brugge reach knockout stage
Ghana forward Kamal Sowah was shown a red card as Club Brugge reached the Champions League knockout stage for the first time with a draw at Atletico Madrid.
The 18-time Belgian champions have failed to progress from the group stage in their previous 10 attempts but go through with an unbeaten record.
They are managed by ex-Stoke and West Brom defender Carl Hoefkens and were outplayed by Atletico, who had 21 shots compared to five by Club Bruges.
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made a series of impressive saves to deny the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa, frustrating the Spanish side, who are on four points from four games, six behind Group C leaders Brugge.
Saul Niguez had a goal ruled out for offside against Correa in the build-up, and the Argentine soon fired narrowly wide himself, as Atletico began to dominate.
Correa struck shortly after the interval but he was offside too and it was stricken from the records. Brugge’s task of holding on for the point was made harder in the final stages when Sowah was shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away.
Atletico will battle with Porto and Bayer Leverkusen for second spot.