KV Mechelen and Charleroi divided the points fairly: 2-2. The hosts looked on their way to a smooth victory, but Charleroi made up for a 2-0 deficit in the second half. With one point, it looks like both teams should pull out of the first game.
KV Mechelen – Charleroi in a nutshell:
- Key moment: Twenty minutes before the end, video referee Jan Potterberg was summoned to the screen. He can only see the hands of Swers in the sixteen and so the ball goes right away. Koke takes a penalty for Bayo but leaves too soon. On the second attempt, Bayeux brought Charleroi on his side.
- man of the match: Just like last week his goal didn’t eventually result in a win for KV Mechelen, but Hugo Cuypers is working on a great streak. The striker scored for the sixth time in the last 7 matches today. He now has 12 goals in total this season.
- noticeable: For KV Mechelen, this hurts. In the previous match at home against Cercle Brugge, despite his 2-0 lead, he finally had to make peace with a draw. Same story last week visit STVV. Even then, he gave up his lead and was stuck on splitting points.
Deadly Efficiency KV Mechelen Strikes First Quarter
A good start for KV Mechelen, with the first attack was a prize on the spot. Storm loosened his demons on the left flank and luckily sent the ball to the detached Hermanns. He did not miss the opportunity and gave the host team the lead in the fifth minute.
KV Mechelen maintained lethal efficiency, because the second full attack also resulted in a goal barely 8 minutes later. Again along the left, the storm was once again at the base. He gave the ball well to Becker and slipped a low cross into the goal at the near post by Kuipers. 2-0 less than fifteen minutes into the match.
A powerful inhibitor of Charleroi, which then lagged behind. Shortly before the end of the first half, the visitors came close to scoring the goal. Coucke needed a good salvage at the helm by Heymans.
Charleroi still trails 2-0
“We really have to give him some gas, because we’ve given him more than once this season.” It turned out that these were prophetic words from Lucas Becker after the first half, because less than 5 minutes after the break Charleroi returned to the match. After a short corner kick, Zorgan found Andrew’s header and header from close range.
The picture of the game changed, as Charleroi was emphatically looking for a tie. Twenty minutes before the end, this came after the intervention of the VAR. Hand by Swers led to a penalty and Bayo converted it twice. From 2-0 to 2-2, everything suddenly had to be returned to KV Mechelen.
So there was enough tension in the final stage, but no more great opportunities. Shoufs put some fans on the wrong track when his free kick hit the side netting, but it stayed 2-2.
Hand by Swers gives Charleroi a penalty:
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