2014/15 UEFA Europa League, Third Round
  • Ramon (48')
  • Olcay Sahan (90'+2')
  • Tom De Sutter (61')
  • Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo (80', 90')
2nd Leg - Club Brugge advance 5-2 on aggregate
2nd Leg - Club Brugge advance 5-2 on aggregate

Boli Bolingoli Mbombo helps Club Brugge rally past Besiktas

Club Brugge progressed to the quarterfinals of the Europa League with a 5-2 aggregate win over Besiktas.

The match was perhaps not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests, with two late goals from Boli Bolingoli Mbombo required to make sure of their progress.

Tom de Sutter had earlier taken advantage of some lax goalkeeping to add to his goal from the 2-1 win in the first leg, meaning Ramon's fine strike for the Turkish side was merely a memory by the time the final whistle blew -- with Besiktas down to 10 men after the late loss of Olcay Sahan.

Brugge keeper Matthew Ryan saved from Sahan and Mustafa Pektemek in the first quarter-hour, while Jose Izquierdo forced a sharp stop from Tolga Zengin at the other end.

De Sutter and Besiktas duo Gokhan Tore and Demba Ba all missed the target and Ryan saved another Ba effort before half-time.

The Australian, though, could do nothing about Ramon's stunning effort three minutes after the interval.

The Brazilian took aim from 25 yards out on the left-hand side and his effort soared into the far top corner.

That gave Besiktas the lead on away goals and their opponents missed a glorious chance to regain the advantage within a minute when De Sutter was off target from close range.

The striker made better use of his next chance, though, as Zengin switched off completely.

Timmy Simons' header over the top seemed to have bounced well clear of De Sutter and into a penalty area which was empty save for the home keeper.

But he was inexplicably back-pedalling and slow to change course, and De Sutter sprinted in to slide the ball past him, level the scores on the night and put the Belgian side ahead once more on aggregate.

And they put the tie to rest when Bolingoli Mbombo struck twice in the last five minutes.

The substitute made it 4-2 on aggregate when he sprung the offside trap to latch on to Lior Refaelov's pass, round the keeper and finish.

And Bolingoli Mbombo extended the winning margin further when he dispossessed defender Necip Uysal and stroked a left-foot shot into the far corner from 15 yards.

And there was one final kick in the teeth for Besiktas as Sahan was shown a straight red card in injury time for a frustrated clip at Mamadou Oulare on the wing.