There was little to seperate Dinamo Zagreb and Club Brugge tonights as the sides' cancelled each other out in an unevenful goalless draw at Stadion Maksimir.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, Dinamo's Jorge Sammir spurned the best chance to settle the game. Sammir won a penalty inside the final 15 minutes only to strike it wide of goal. The draw moves Dinamo onto four points from their opening three Group D games while winless Brugge are propping up the rest on two points.
Dinamo began with the most attacking intent and Sammir produced their first shot on target inside two minutes but Geert De Vlieger was equal to it, tipping the ball around the post. Brugge hit back on nine minutes with Karel Geraerts' left-footed shot forcing Ivan Kelava into action.
Midway through the half Geraerts again threatened the hosts' goal, this time the midfielder forcing Kelava to parry his effort from the edge of the penalty area. Geraerts twice fired wide with optimistic efforts from outside the box before the break while team-mate Rostand Kouemaha was wayward with a shot on 39 minutes as the Belgians continued to press.
The second half began much as the first ended, with Brugge enjoying the better of the attacking play. The major talking point arrived 15 minutes from time when De Vlieger hauled down Sammir in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. De Vlieger picked up a booking for his troubles but was not forced into meaningful action from the spot-kick as Sammir sent his effort wide of the right-hand post.
With time running out Dinamo threw on Fatos Beciraj in a bid to force a goal and the substitute went close with a header on 81 minutes that De Vlieger kept at bay. Tonel and Milan Badelj both fired wildly over the bar as Dinamo ran out of ideas late on, and Brugge were able to close out the match for a deserved point.