Champions League

Percy Tau realises dream as Club Brugge secure UCL qualification

Percy Tau (Getty Images)
Percy Tau (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau will realise his coveted football dream as his new Belgian side Club Brugge secured Champions League qualification with a 2-1 (3-1 aggregate) win over LASK.

Attacking midfielder Hans Vanaken headed in the opener before the away side equalised from the spot.

Tau came on at the start of the second half and had an influential impact on proceedings as he hit the post before setting up the second goal as Emmanuel Dennis restored the home side's lead to put the tie beyond doubt.

Head coach Philippe Clement made two changes to the line-up that had secured a 1-0 away win in Austria last week as his side returned to Europe's elite competition.

Tau becomes the 14th South African to grace the Champions League following in the footsteps of players such as Benni McCarthy and Steven Pienaar.

List of SA players to play in the Champions League:

Benni McCarthy

Georgios Koumantarakis

Hans Vonk

Bryce Moon

Quinton Fortune

Tsepo Masilela

Nasief Morris

Pierre Issa

Thulani Serero

Steven Pienaar

Anele Ngcongca

MacBeth Sibaya

Dino Ndlovu

Beaten European Cup finalists in 1978, Club Brugge are in Pot 3 for the Champions League Group stage draw alongside the likes of Inter Milan, Valencia and Lyon, set to take place on Thursday at 18:00 (SA time).