Balanta keeps the points home against Charleroi

Éder Balanta's screamer in the first minute of the game decided the game against Charleroi.


Philippe Clement made four changes compared to the team that drawn level with Manchester United on Thursday. Loïs Openda replaced Odilon Kossounou on the right-hand side and Eduard Sobol played instead of Maxim De Cuyper on the left-hand side. Rits and Tau were on the bench, as Ruud Vormer reclaimed his position in midfield and Charles De Ketelaere teamed up with Emmanuel Dennis in attack.

Balanta inauguró el marcador tras apenas un minuto de juego
Balanta inauguró el marcador tras apenas un minuto de juego

It had been a tough game on Thursday in the Europa League and facing Charleroi is never easy. Especially this season as the zebras have the second best defence in the league, after Club. But the blue and black had a dreamstart with a goal inside the first minute. After thirty seconds Sobol's shot was blocked, into the path of Vanaken who played it to Éder Balanta. The Colombian unleashed a powerful strike which took a deflection on Morioka and ended up high into the roof of the net.

Openda se encargó de la banda derecha
Openda se encargó de la banda derecha

A great start, but the early goal didn't spark the game. Charleroi kept playing rather defensively, while Club didn't want to take too many risks. It took half an hour before the next chance followed. Openda with the cross, De Ketelaere's shot was blocked. Dennis was sent through on goal, but he was in an offside position.

The visitors barely had a chance apart from a header by Fall that went wide.

Charleroi upped their tempo after the break and created a few chances. Morioka headed wide, Willemse headed into the arms of Mignolet and Nicholson aimed too high from inside the box. Charleroi claimed a penalty when Fall went down - easily - inside the penalty area after contact with Deli, but referee D'Hondt waved the appeal away.


Clement brought on Krmenčík for Openda after an hour play. Club restored the balance and was dangerous again. After a good attacking move Vormer's effort was deflected over the target by Nurio and Vanaken headed the ball right into the arms of Penneteau.

On the other side of the pitch Nurio forced Mignolet into making a diving save to tip away a low drive.

De Ketelaere perseguido por Morioka
De Ketelaere perseguido por Morioka

The final minutes were very intense. Dennis' volley on a cross by De Ketelaere just missed the target and Nurio's shot went over the crossbar. The last chance was for Gholizadeh, but the Iranian saw his effort blocked by Mechele.

Club kept a clean sheet and still leads the pack.



Jupiler Pro League – Speeldag 27

Toeschouwers: 26.000 – Jan Breydelstadion

Scheidsrechter: Lothar D’Hondt

Club Brugge: Simon Mignolet – Clinton Mata, Brandon Mechele, Simon Deli – Loïs Openda (58’ Michael Krmenčík), Ruud Vormer, Éder Balanta, Hans Vanaken, Eduard Sobol – Emmanuel Dennis (92’ David Okereke), Charles De Ketelaere (87’ Mats Rits). Bank: Ethan Horvath, Odilon Kossounou, Matej Mitrović, Siebe Schrijvers, Federico Ricca en Percy Tau. Coach: Philippe Clement.

Charleroi: Nicolas Penneteau – Maxime Busi, Steeven Willems, Dorian Dessoleil, Marias Nurio – Marco Ilaimaharitra, Ryota Morioka, Ali Gholizadeh – Mamadou Fall (73’ Frank Tsadjout), Shamar Nicholson, Joris Kayembe (82’ David Henen). Coach: Karim Belhocine.

Gele kaarten: Ilaimaharitra.

Rode kaarten: geen

Doelpunten: 1’ Balanta (1-0).


Tekst: Steven Floin

Club Brugge - Charleroi 23-02-2020

Related articles