Open has surprised KV Mechelen Achter de Kazerne and is, just like last year, in the cup semi-finals. Mechelen was a well-deserved 1-0 lead over Di Camargo in the first half. But the match at home subsided after the break that Yobin took advantage of. Najwa equalized, and Privlejak decided the fate of the 2019 Cup winner with two talented goals.
KV Mechelen – Eupen in a nutshell:
- Key moment: Eupen makes the difference in the final stage thanks to superstar Privleak. The Bosnian striker gives the visitors the lead with a superb shot at the crosshairs and KV Mechelen deep into overtime with a delicious lob.
- man of the match: And whether Ismael Privlejak brought a smile to Eupen tonight. In the 1/8 finals, he was already the winner of the treble against Zolt Wargem, and tonight also played a decisive role with Eupen with two beautiful goals.
- distinct: Just like last season, the KV Mechelen Cup adventure ends in the quarter-finals, when they lose to cup winner Racing Genk. Eupen reached the semifinals for the second time in a row. He lost to Standard last season.
The Camargo KV Mechelen gives the deserved lead
At Eupen, they played the underdog before the match and were happy to shift the pressure to KV Mechelen. The home team didn’t have much of a problem with it and immediately took responsibility for its own people. This resulted in one-way traffic, but great opportunities did not materialize.
Only in the middle of the first half was KV Mechelen able to turn his dominance into the lead. A low cross from Storm passed everyone and De Camargo drove the ball high into the goal from close range: 1-0.
Especially weak Eupen can react with difficulty. A faint header from Agbadou in Thoelen’s hand, that’s all the visitors showed in the first half. In addition, they escaped 2-0 shortly before the end of the first half. Noureddine needed an excellent save from a long shot from Hermanns.
Camargo opened the score midway through the first half:
Beautiful KVM Privlejack Marble Goals From The Cup
The second half started promising with chances on both sides. A place ball from Lambert went away, and a header from De Camargo forced Noureddine to make a clever save. Ten minutes into the break, the signals suddenly tied again. Agbado made his way into the penalty area and Njoi gave 1-1.
So everything has to be re-engineered for KV Mechelen and the 2019 Cup winner got away with even 1-2 straight after the tie. Ngwe was too fast for Bear and could only follow Thoulen, but head-to-head with the goalkeeper aiming the ball wide.
The fierce start did not last and 20 minutes before the end of the match it stopped completely. And then literally, after a violent clash between Nur al-Din and Shafid. The recently replaced KVM player took the hardest hit and had to be removed.
KV Mechelen seemed agitated for a moment and that didn’t improve with 10 minutes left. On a pass from Beck, Privlejak gave the visitors a lead out of nowhere with a superb shot at the cross.
In extra time, the Bosnian won the entire match with a beautiful second goal. He grabbed the ball from Vanlerberge and hit Thueln with a beautiful header. Just like last season, Eupen reached the semi-finals, for KV Mechelen the quarter-finals are the last leg, just like last season.
Ngwe Eupen brings along:
Shevid is newly replaced and discharged after colliding with Noureddine:
Prevljak Eupen gives 1-2 advances:
Privlejack decides the match with a delicious lob:
Franken: “Our match ended with Schweid’s injury”
- Wouter Franken (Coach KV Mechelin): “I don’t think there was much difference between the first and the second half. Also in the first half the quality and aggressiveness were not good enough for us. At first we won some duels. We scored and gave up a little bit, but in any cup match, it should be Aggressive anyway. Our match was interrupted due to Shved’s injury. Everyone was affected, including me, hearing he was unconscious and unresponsive until they turned him on his side. I hope all is well. The moment Shved saw the goalkeeper coming, he put his foot down down to slow down but the goalkeeper went straight to get the ball knowing full well that contact will follow him I don’t see a difference with a player playing the ball with his foot forward then touches the ball and turns red for that you have to draw the line after that we couldn’t play Our game anymore, we brought in Shved to keep the show and go for a 1 vs 1. It was a mistake on the bill.”
- Nikola Storm (KV Mechelen): “It was good in the first half. We took the initiative and nothing happened. But with that equaliser, some panic crept into the team. Then they got one or two shots, one of them going in. Then we had to do everything we could, and then it’s going to be Bad if you conceded a goal at the end. In the first half we found spaces and changed sides a lot, but we didn’t in the second half. We killed that. If we just kept playing we could have scored two or three goals. We wanted to have a nice cup tournament, it’s Shameful that it actually ended. Especially since everything was under control for the first 45 minutes.”
- Steve Peters (Eupin): “KV Mechelen had a better plan in the first half, they were more in tune with each other and had better ideas. We can’t do anything about it. The goal came in the second half and that gave us energy. So Mechelen was a little lower and we crossed the line in willpower. It is special of course that the club reached the semi-finals twice in a row. Last year we thought we could reach the final in the semi-finals against Standard, which was a little lower at the time. We wish we didn’t meet Club Brugge, but if we can play on Our land, everything is possible. Are we leaving now? We have to be realistic. We miss a lot of players and the core is very tight. If they want to keep their cool in the first class, then something has to happen in the winter. Otherwise, I honestly see it as bleak. We We look safe, but we’re only 6 points more than penultimate with 13 games left. We’re going to be missing some guys for a long time, so we just need reinforcements.”
Franken: ‘Our aggression wasn’t enough’
Storm: “It’s a pity that the cup cycle is already coming to an end”
Peters: “Special for reaching the semi-finals twice in a row”
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