UEFA Champions League: Ethan Horvath leads Club Brugge to 4-0 win at Monaco

  • Ethan Horvath is out of the dog house at Belgium champion Club Brugge and was outstanding in his debut in the UEFA Champions League group stage, earning a shutout in the 4-0 win by the Blauw en Zwart at struggling French club Monaco, which suffered its worst home loss ever in Champions League play.

Signed two years ago from Norwegian club Molde by former Belgian goalkeeping great Michel Preud'homme, Horvath lost his starting job last season when Ivan Leko took over as head coach and pulled him a couple of poor outings.

After starting the first 12 games, Horvath wasn't back in goal for another seven months, starting the last three games of the playoffs.

For the 2018-19 season, Leko brought in fellow Croatian Karlo Letica from Hajduk Split to take over in goal, but Horvath replaced Letica for the last two Belgian league games and got the start Tuesday night at the Stade Louis II.

Horvath made a big save on Sofiane Diop's close-range header early in the game and later stopped Belgian international Youri Tielemans. He was given an "8" rating by French newspaper L'Equipe, tied for the highest grade it gave out to any player in the eight Champions League games on Tuesday.

Horvath impressed Leko with his work in training and his improved consistency in goal. For now at least, the Colorado product is back as the No. 1 keeper at Club Brugge.
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