Soccer Football – Champions League – Group B – Bayer Leverkusen v Club Brugge – BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany – November 1, 2022 Club Brugge’s Simon Mignolet and teammates acknowledge fans after the match REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Leverkusen finished third to take a Europa League place ahead of bottom side Atletico on their head-to-head results against the Spanish club after both finished on five points.
Upstarts Brugge had already qualified for February’s round of 16 following their first four games after emerging as the surprise package of the Champions League group campaign.
But a 4-0 defeat at home to Porto last week and the draw at the Bay Arena on Tuesday meant they ended on 11 points from their six games, one behind Porto.
Brugge came closest to victory on Tuesday when their Canada international Tajon Buchanan struck the upright shortly after half-time although Leverkusen were the more attacking and forced visiting goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to make some key saves.
Mignolet kept five clean sheets in the six group games.
Club Brugge finished second in their Champions League group after failing to win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, instead drawing 0-0 in their final Group B game.
The Belgian club were usurped by Porto, who made sure of top spot with a 2-1 home win over Atletico Madrid.