Sunday 27 February 2022 16:00

A thumping 4-1 win over Antwerp sees Club sneak closer to Union

The stadium was packed for Club's home match against Antwerp. That visibly inspired the players who gave it their all in an intense top game. Eventually the blue and black came out on top by beating the visitors 4-1. Because of Union's draw, Club can up the pressure on the league leaders.

Sun, beer and a packed Jan Breydel for the clash between number two and three in the Jupiler Pro League. The top game on Sunday afternoon had all the ingredients for an interesting game.

Club started the game fiercly with a first chance after eight minutes for Adamyan, who replaced the injured and COVID positive De Ketelaere. The Armenian freed the ball inside the box before his effort was kept out by Butez. Rits just couldn't get close enough to stab home the rebound.

The blue and black upped the tempo after ten minutes play. Lang and Vanaken set up a good attacking move and played the ball to Buchanan, who flew past Bataille and teed up Vanaken, but his shot was blocked by Seck. A few minutes later Buchanan tried his luck with a good strike from distance, but again the effort was blocked.

It took the visitors some time to put their foot next to Club's. Half an hour into the match, Balikwisha's cross was too strong for Michael Frey, but a couple of minutes later the Swiss striker opened the scoring for his side. Hindered by the sun, Mignolet was taken by surprise on Seck's looping header, which was headed away on the line by Vanaken, but Frey could head in from closeby.

Antwerp couldn't hold that lead very long. Two minutes after Frey's opener, Odoi headed in the equaliser on a brilliant cross by Skov Olsen. Five minutes later Buchanan struck the hand of Verstraete and the referee had no alternative than to point to the spot. Vanaken behind the ball and he made no mistake: 2-1!

It was more of the same in the second half with Club being the dominant side. The blue and black created a numerical advantage after ten minutes, but Rits couldn't pull the trigger. After an hour play Club doubled the lead when Adamyan volleyed home after a brilliant move by Buchanan and Skov Olsen put the game to bed when he smashed it home in the near corner from outside the area.

What followed for the next half an hour was gallery play from the blue and black, but no more goals. Ten minutes before the end coach Schreuder brought on Sobol. The Ukrainian was welcomed onto the fray with a heart-warming round of applause.

The match ended 4-1 which means Club close the gap with Union to seven points and widen the gap with Anderlecht and Antwerp to, respectively, five and four points.


Jupiler Pro League – Matchday 29
Attendance: 23.857 – Jan Breydelstadion
Referee: Lawrence Visser
Club Brugge:
Simon Mignolet – Clinton Mata, Brandon Mechele, Stanley Nsoki – Tajon Buchanan, Dennis Odoi, Mats Rits (68’ Vormer), Hans Vanaken, Andreas Skov Olsen (82’ Sandra) – Noa Lang, Sargis Adamyan (82’ Sobol).
Bank: Senne Lammens, Nick Shinton, Jack Hendry, Eduard Sobol, Eder Balanta, Lynnt Audoor, Ruud Vormer, Cisse Sandra, Antonio Nusa, Bas Dost.
Coach: Alfred Schreuder.

R. Antwerp FC: Jean Butez – Jelle Bataille, Adbdoulaye Seck, Dorian Dessoleil, Sam Vines (77’ Buta) – Radja Nainggolan (65’ Gerkens), Birger Verstraete (65’ Haroun), Koji Miyoshi (61’ Samatta), Alhassan Yusuf – Michel-Ange Balikwisha (77’ Eggestein), Michael Frey.
Bank: Ortwin De Wolf, Aurélio Buta, Johannes Eggestein, Pieter Gerkens, Faris Haroun, Dinis Almeida, Aly Mbwana Samatta.
Coach: Brian Priske.

Yellow cards: Rits, Adamyan, Vanaken, Verstraete en Haroun.  
Red cards: none
Goals: 29’ Frey (0-1), 31’ Odoi (1-1), 37’ Vanaken (2-1), 59’ Adamyan (3-1), 64’ Skov Olsen (4-1)

Report - Brian Dewulf

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