Tonight at 20h45: Club Brugge – Standard de Liège

Club Brugge will get one ultimate chance to claim that coveted ticket to the Cup Final. A hazardous task awaits, as only a win by at least a three goal margin will do to get rid of les Rouches. A vibrant Jan Breydel will be the stage for this cracking game!




Remontada is the word at the Jan Breydel grounds after the emphatic 4-1 Cup defeat at Sclessin. Quite the mission for Ivan Leko's troops, but backed by its fantastich twelfth man, Club will try and make that miracle happen. In earlier days, Club succeeded in overcoming a first leg defeat at Jan Breydel in a vibrant second leg.

Three goals by Emond and one by Edmilson sealed Club's fate last week, newcomer Matej Mitrovic scoring the ever so vital away goal. Club's attacking prowess has been having a good run lately, scoring at least three goals in the past nine home games. Club's last opponent, runners up Charleroi, also had to fish three goals out of their nets, but the woodwork and a very efficient opponent managed to keep Club at bay in what was a tremendous 3-3.

No Dennis in Ivan Leko's line-up tonight, out suspended after his booking at Standard last week. The injured Benoît Poulain and Saulo Decarli are also still out. In the yellow danger zone: Jordy Clasie, Dion Cools, Anthony Limbombe, Brandon Mechele, Marvelous Nakamba and Ruud Vormer: a yellow means they miss out on a possible Cup Final vs Racing Genk.

The selection: Gabulov, Vermeer, Hubert, Cools, Denswil, Mechele, Scholz, Mitrovic, Tomečak, Touba, Simons, Clasie, Nakamba, Vormer, Vanlerberghe, Vanaken, Wesley, Diaby, Vossen, Limbombe and Diatta.

The past five home games between the two ended as follows:­

27/08/2017 (league) 4-0

3’ Vanaken (1-0), 6’ Wesley (2-0), 56’ Vanaken (3-0), 80' Mechele (4-0)

28/08/2016 (league) 2-2

14’ Touré (0-1), 52’ Gedoz (1-1), 85’ Edmilson (1-2), 94' Engels (2-2)

23/07/2016 (Super Cup) 2-1

39’ Santini (0-1), 51’ Izquierdo (1-1), 62’ Vormer (2-1)

30/08/2015 (league) 7-1

8’ Diaby (1-0), 32’ Vormer (2-0), 35’ Santini (2-1), 36’ Oulare (3-1), 37’ Diaby (4-1), 71’ Claudemir (5-1), 76’ Diaby (6-1), 91’ Diaby (7-1)

06/04/2015 (Play-off 1) 2-1

2’ Trebel (0-1), 44’ Refaelov (penalty, 1-1), 57’ Refaelov (penalty, 2-1)

Tonight at 20h45: Club Brugge – Standard de Liège
Club Brugge


Standard played its way to a massive first leg result last week, beating the record Cup holders 4-1. Last weekend, coach Ricardo Sá Pinto's team continued along those same positive lines by winning at Lokeren 0-3, goals courtesy of Emond, Cop and Marin. It's a confident Standard making its way to Jan Breydel.

Striker Orlando Sá is back from suspension. The Winter mercato also saw the last-gasp return of Mehdi Carcela. The Morroccan international joins from Olympiakos on loan.

Tonight at 20h45: Club Brugge – Standard de Liège




Scoring in his official debut, Matej Mitrovic may have scored what proves to be a vital away goal for Blauw-Zwart. The 24 year old central defender has joined Club out on loan from Besiktas for the remainder of the season, in the hopes of attracting enough attention to earn a World Cup selection for Croatia. Last season, he joined the Black Eagles in winning the Turkish Süper Lig. Earlier stints were at Croatian Rijeka, where he played alongside Club's other signing Ivan Tomečak for two seasons. In 2014, they won the Croatian Cup by beating Dinamo Zagreb, both of them scoring a goal in what must have been a memorable evening. Both Croats joined Rijeka as they took on Standard in the Europa League the following season.

Tonight at 20h45: Club Brugge – Standard de Liège
Matej Mitrovic


A bi-footed and physically sturdy defender, Collins Fai signed in from Rumanian Dinamo Buccharest two years ago. A Cameroon international, the 25 year old joined Hugo Broos in claiming that illustrious Africa Cup. Les Lion Indomptables beat record champions Egypt 1-2 after goals by Nicolas N’Koulou and Vincent Aboubakar. Collins Fai and Sébastien Siani (then at KV Ostend, now at Antwerp) both played the entire ninety minutes. 

Tonight at 20h45: Club Brugge – Standard de Liège
Collins Fai



Leading the game between Club Brugge and Standard de Liège will be Mr. Bart Vertenten. He will be backed by his linesmen, Mr. Rien Vanyzere and Mr. Thibaud Nijssen. Goal line referees will be Mr. Jonathan Lardot and Mr. Christof Dierick, Fourth official will be Mr. Tom Dens. Mr. Vertenten was also the man handling the whistle in Club's last Cup game at Jan Breydel vs Sporting Charleroi (5-1).


Text by: Vicky Marien (sv)

Tonight at 20h45: Club Brugge – Standard de Liège
Bart Vertenten

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