National champion Club Brugge suffered a second defeat this season at the Achter de Caserne. An enthusiastic Micklin trailed after the break, but he deservedly turned the tables after the hour. The club thus remains at four points from the leaders union, and Mechelen remains fourth in the standings.
KV Mechelen – Club Brugge in a nutshell:
- Key moment: 12 minutes before the end, Rob Choffs decides the match. With a quick acceleration that puts 2 club players in the wind then Mignolet also takes on a surprise lob. The club did not respond then.
- man of the match: Rob Schoofs as a star on KV Mechelen, it has become a habit. Tonight too he was the driving force for the home team with his superb goal to win the cake.
- Special: For KV Mechelen, a long negative streak against Club Brugge ends. After more than 7 years, she can finally beat blue and black again. Mechelen’s previous victory against the club dates back to August 24, 2014.
Mignolet and Cook kept 0-0 on the scoreboard
Local fans created a warm atmosphere at the sold-out AFAS Stadium and KV Mechelen drew energy from this. The host team started the match with great enthusiasm. Hairemans’ superb penetration made the net vibrate after just two minutes, but his goal was disallowed for offside.
Club Brugge was immediately warned, but did not lead to a reaction from visitors. Coucke was regularly able to take a break, as Club had barely reached the age of sixteen. Clearly unsatisfied Kleiman saw how KV Mechelen remained the most dangerous team.
The first ball between the club’s base came just 10 minutes before the end of the first half. The hitherto invisible De Ketelaere suddenly dissolved his demons, and Coucke was only able to stop his shot twice. Immediately after that, KV Mechelen approached 1-0 on a corner kick. Following Pato’s heads, Vinicius directly targeted Minola at close range at once.
On the flip side, Cook was also allowed to distinguish himself. The goalkeeper saved a difficult shot from Former and managed to push Dost’s appeal just over the bar. Shortly before the end of the first half, Dostformer offered another chance, but the Dutchman’s shot passed just over the top this time.
Great inspiration Schoofs decides the match
The fact that Clement didn’t like his club’s performance in the first half became clearer at the start of the second half. Mawasa, Former, and Nsuki went to Rika, Ritz, and Hendry. So the Club seemed to be reborn, and KV Mechelen suddenly no longer participated in the opening stage.
Barely 5 minutes into the first half, substitute Rika scored a fine cross pass. Vanaken hit Coucke in one go, but Dost followed closely and managed to touch the ball into the net early in the second half: 0-1.
Bruges’ fierce start capped, but was not pursued. The guests allowed KV Mechelen back into the match and less than fifteen minutes after the opening goal, the equaliser was back. With a clever flick, Hairemans fired Cuypers and gave Mignolet a cross shot.
The battle suddenly opened again. Doust, Rits and de Kettleri took their chance, but none of them got the ball into the goal frame. It worked for the Schoofs in the final stage on the other side and how! Mignolet could only touch his lobe, but not enough to block 2-1. The guard did not get away with it, and KVM fans danced with joy.
In the last minutes, the club could no longer challenge Coucke. A faint head of Rica, that’s all visitors had to offer. After 8 unbeaten matches, the club incurs its second defeat in the league.
Franken: “That’s fun.”
Wide smile from Wouter Franken. Coach KV Mechelen was very happy with the victory over the national champion. “Obviously we are a deserved winner. I asked the boys to show courage and dare to play football. If you don’t do it against the club, it will be very difficult.”
“We clearly indicated where the spaces are and we can play with pressure every time. It was great to see that, the quality was there. We also showed the courage to lose the ball by daring to cover.”
“We had tough times in the second half, but against a team like Club Brugge, you know those moments will come. Then you have to keep fighting and we did it. I have to congratulate my players that they are still there after 0-1 they have always been able to achieve quality And no hurry The balls will work, but the solution is to play football.”
“It’s fun, especially because of the way it’s done. I heard the Club was lower, but that was because we forced them to.”
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