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Man Utd and Lazio aim for Champs League group stage
Published :Wednesday, 26 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 21

PARIS, AUG 25: Manchester United are looking to complete the job over Club Brugge in theirChampions League play-off second leg on Wednesday while Italy's Lazio may have slightly more to do to secure a place in the group stages.
The English Premier League giants have a two-goal lead to take to Belgium after a 3-1 win at Old Trafford last Tuesday, while Lazio have a slender 1-0 advantage for their second leg against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.
A 2-0 win for Brugge at the Jan Breydelstadion would be enough to take them through at United's expense (on the away goals rule), but United -- three-time winners of the Champions League -- are confident after Marouane Fellaini's late third goal in the first leg.
"It (Fellaini's goal) makes a difference because 2-1 is a very difficult result," said United boss Louis Van Gaal after the victory last Tuesday.
Brugge boss Michel Preud'homme, on the other hand, was less optimistic after conceding the third goal in Manchester.
"This last goal was very bad for the confidence," said former Belgian international Preud'homme.
"It's a pity we let this one in," added the 56-year-old, who guided Brugge to the Belgian Cup last season.
Manchester United -- winners in 1968, 1999 and 2008 -- didn't feature in the competition last season but had previously reached the group stages for 18 years in succession.
Brugge, meanwhile, haven't made the group stages since the 2005/06 season when they finished third in Group A behind Juventus and Bayern Munich.    AFP









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