United, who opted not to train at the stadium ahead of the game, flew into Belgium today in reasonably confident fettle and knowing they are in striking distance of a place in the last 32 of the competition should they beat the managerless Brugge
Championship play-off standings (halved from final points tally in regular season): 34 Anderlecht, 31 Club Brugge
, 28 Gent, 26 Standard, 23 Genk, 23 Kortrijk.
It is anyone's guess who will qualify from Blues, SC Braga and Brugge
City were in the ascendancy and came within inches of taking the lead after 26 minutes after Vansteenkiste handled on the edge of the Brugge
And victory at Mons this weekend will be enough to seal a second crown in three years, with Brugge
now holding an eight-point lead over Anderlecht, who were held 2-2 by Westerlo.
The game against Brugge
is important and we must go there to win the game.
Europe was considered by many an added complexity to what is already a hectic and arduous npower Championship campaign, but that view has now shifted following the club's impressive results - with former Newcastle team chief Hughton acknowledging his side's victory in Brugge
as the pinnacle of the campaign to date.
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star Clement - who was Leekens' reserve-team chief - has now been thrust into the biggest game of his life as a coach against Newcastle United tomorrow night.
25pm Indoor football Wolfurter Hallenmasters 2pm Football Belgium - Club Brugge
v Zulte Waregem 4pm Ice Hockey Dynamo Minsk v Atlant Moscow Region 5pm Football Belgium - KV Kortirjk v Stardard Liege 5.
The way they lifted themselves and transformed the game from such a precarious position has to be commended, and they had Club Brugge
sweating in an exciting, end-to-end second period.
1 Birmgham City 2 BIRMINGHAM manager Chris Hughton admitted his side enjoyed "two results" last night after fears over the health of defender Pablo Ibanez were allayed following his side's superb 2-1 win at Club Brugge