Club Brugge stunned Zenit St. Petersburg with a stoppage-time winner from Charles De Ketelaere
to win 2-1 at Gazprom Arena. in their opening game of the Champions League group stage Tuesday.
The game was heading for a 1-1 draw when Brugge put together a slick passing move which ended with
Ruud Vormer crossing to leave the unmarked De Ketelaere with a simple finish.
Zenit is one of the few European clubs allowed to play in front of thousands of fans amid the coronavirus
pandemic. Fans wore masks and generally followed social distancing rules.
The attendance Tuesday was given as nearly 16,700, just below 25% of capacity at the Gazprom Arena —
which is set to be the largest of any home team in the Champions League this week. Still, that support wasn’t
enough for the Russian champion to win.
Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis gave Brugge the lead in the 63rd minute after keeping the ball in play on
the right touchline and feeding it into the box for De Ketalaere to hit a shot blocked on the line by Yaroslav
Rakitskyy. Dennis reacted quickly to knock in the rebound.