Club suffers 2-1 defeat at Waasland-Beveren
A fourth defeat for Club Brugge at Waasland-Beveren on Friday. Club had taken the lead through Vormer early in the second half, but a sending off, penalty kick and own goal produced a horror scenario for the reigning champions.
Problems on the wing made Ivan Leko bring on Saulo Decarli and Cyril Ngonge. For the 18-year old, it was his first starting spot after he came on so fine against Standard on the weekend. With so many wingers out, Leko opted for a four-man defense that had helped Club to a point at Dortmund.
A fierce spat of rain accompanied the players on the pitch, which made it hard to play some fine football at first. This reflected in the game too, and aparat from an Amrabat header and a blocked shot by Vanaken, hardly any danger followed. A well-organised Waasland-Beveren tried to force things through the break, and with long range shots by Ampomah and Verstraete, but this was not enough to rattle Horvath's cage.
Club's play was too meek to unravel the home defense. It was only after half an hour that Blauw-Zwart produced a first real threat, but Roef stayed had a good reply to Ngonge's header. A bit later, Wesley put Vormer through the heart of defense, but the Dutchman forgot to take the ball with him. 0-0 was a logical result at half-time.
After the break, Club started pushing the hosts back, which immediately paid off. Wesley launched Vormer, who eagerly tapped in the opener. A bit later, another chance followed as the two set up another attack, but this time Roef proved the better of Wesley's shot. On the other side of the pitch Ampomah tried to claim a penalty kick after a tossle with Denswil, but ref Van Driessche made nothing of it.
Now forced to take a more offensive stance, Waasland-Beveren had an opportunity throug Caufriez, but he was waved back off-side. A Mechele header went just over the crossbar on the other side of the pitch. Club seemed in perfect control of the game, but suffered a major setback with fifteen minutes to go. A hand ball by Poulain denying Waasland-Beveren a goal saw the defender off, and the hosts awarded a spot kick, duly taken by Francesco Forte.
Down to ten, Blauw-Zwart managed to give it away entirely moments later. A Boljevic cross ended up with Decarli, who headed in the ball past his own goalkeeper. Club tried turning it around in the final minutes of the game, but found Roef on its path to the equaliser as Openda went for goal. An unfortunate fourth defeat for Clbu Brugge, offering the competition a great chance to widen the gap at the top of the table.
Jupiler Pro League – Match Day 18
Audience: 5,000 – Freethiel
Ref: Mr. Bram Van Driessche
Waasland-Beveren: Davy Roef - Maximiliano Caufriez, Valtteri Moren, Aleksandar Vukotic, Milan Massop – Aleksandar Boljevic, Djihad Bizimana, Karlo Lulic (79’ Floriano Vanzo), Louis Verstraete, Nana Ampomah (90’ Beni Badibanga) – Francesco Forte (79’ Apostolos Vellios). Coach: Adnan Custovic.
Club Brugge: Ethan Horvath – Saulo Decarli, Benoît Poulain, Brandon Mechele, Stefano Denswil – Ruud Vormer, Sofyan Amrabat, Marvelous Nakamba (87’ Loïs Openda), Cyril Ngonge (62’ Mats Rits) – Hans Vanaken, Wesley Moraes. Bank: Karlo Letica, Luan Peres, Matej Mitrović, Siebe Schrijvers and Noah Fadiga. Coach: Ivan Leko.
Yellow: Decarli, Denswil, Wesley, Bizimana, Ampomah.
Red: 75’ Poulain.
Goals: 48’ Vormer (0-1), 78’ Forte (penalty, 1-1), 85’ Decarli (own-goal, 2-1).
Text by Steven Floin (sv)