Jupiler Pro LeagueCharleroi can still lose. The Carolo’s lost 0-1 against Club Brugge tonight – the first loss of the season for the men of Still. Charles De Ketelaere only broke the spell in extra time. Blue-black is leader only.
As expected, Wesley started his second pass at Club Brugge with a basic place. Maouassa appeared for the first time at the kick-off and Mechele took the place of Nsoki. So much for Clement’s substitutions compared to the great performance against PSG. Maouassa was replaced at half time by Lang.
At Charleroi, Edward Still was able to unpack for the first time in midfield with a triangle Ilaimaharitra – Zorgane – Morioka, which he had in mind from the beginning. That had not been possible since the start of the competition due to injuries or conditional disadvantage. In the center back, Van Cleemput was preferred over the young Wasinski, who made an excellent break in recent weeks.
If you want to take advantage of the European fatigue or decompression of the opponent, it is best to stretch all registers right away. The Carolos tried to do that. High pressure, a few smooth combinations and a bang from Zaroury, which Mignolet had his work with. Zaroury has not missed his entrance into the Jupiler Pro League. Prepared on his own initiative and expense when most players were still on vacation. The investment and efforts pay off.
Club, however, did not give up. This led to a match whose intensity was only interrupted by the local Ultras, who found it necessary to throw flares on the field. You don’t have to be smart to present a Covid Safe Ticket.
As the first half went on, Club became more menacing. With De Ketelaere in the lead role. If Charles doesn’t win the Golden Boot soon, he risks missing out on the honors list. And how was Wesley doing now? Not great, but not bad either. He headed just wide. Hendry did better. Koffi had to whip his header out of the bottom corner.
The best chance of the first half was for Nicholson. Sent deep by Morioka and completely free, he couldn’t get the ball past Mignolet, although it was less of a miss from the striker than a fine reflex from the goalkeeper.
The Carolo’s played the second half towards the Ultra’s. Usually their better side. A swing from Kayembe and a ‘center shot’ were the first signals. A close, hard headbutt from Nicholson seemed to be the climax. But again there was a famous reflex from Mignolet to keep the Jamaican from the opening goal. And by extension, the goalkeeper with an outstretched leg wiped Zorgane’s rebound off the line. And how was Wesley doing now? He needed care, received directions from Clement, but was replaced by Balanta after nearly an hour.
Nicholson also had to be replaced. Head to head with Mechele on his goal. Swooning from the field helped.
The last quarter was a battle for every morsel of ground. Not high quality, but exciting, compelling. Balanta escaped red after a vicious foul on substitute Zedadka.
In the second of seven minutes of added time, De Ketelaere scored on a pass from Van Der Brempt. 0-1: the result is not fair, but the winning goal is a fair reward for CDK’s performance.
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