There was no quality football to be enjoyed in Stayen on Saturday evening, but that won't keep people awake at STVV. In the lead-up to next Wednesday's trip to Standard, the Canaries snatched a vital three points against Charleroi. Jarne Steuckers could only find a hole in the black and white's defense ten minutes before the whistle.
Both teams could still use the points before the start of the new year, so it remains to be seen who will take the lead. The study tour ultimately lasted twenty minutes. Top scorer Quetta hit another powerful shot, as usual, but his long free kick was blocked by Kofi. Kaya's header was not sharp enough to threaten Kofi. The team gained possession of the ball, but continued to be wary of counterattacks. Charleroi regained balance, and shortly after the half-hour mark, two attempts from Guyajon and Debbagh suddenly disappeared near the goal frame. 0-0 at half-time was a logical result, because there wasn't much enthusiasm in Steyn.
The second half did not improve immediately. It was another fifteen minutes of waiting for the first goal to be threatened. Eto'o met Kofi's fists, but Heymans cleared Kaya's rebound off the goal line. The German striker remained dangerous, as soon after he again found Kofi in his path and then kicked wide of the frame. Charleroi continued to wait for the counter. 15 minutes before the end, Ben Bouali tried to bring in the other substitute, Mbenza, but Wolki Janssens was still between them. The score could have been 0-1 in reality.
The opening goal eventually fell to the hosts. Bocat put a cross from DeLorge ready at Jarni Stokers' feet and scored 1-0 from close range. The final attack from Charleroi failed to deliver, so the young STVV team took another step in the right direction. Coach Felice Mazo's team remains in the danger zone.
End of the second half
Fatih Kaya is replaced by Joselvo Barnes
Jarni Stockers replaces Joel Shima Fujita
Aboubakar Koita replaces Olivier Dumont
Ryotaro Ito replaces Rihito Yamamoto
Jonas Bajer is replaced by Antoine Bernier
1-0 goal by Jarni Stokers!
There's the opening goal! Bokat heads a cross from DeLorge at the feet of Jarni Stoeckers who fires the ball home 1-0 from close range.
DeLorge attacks again, but Kofi is paying attention again.
Janssen prevents the score 0-1!
STVV has the upper hand, but must remain alert. Ben Bouali tries to put Mpenza in his place, but Wolke Janssens is still in the middle. The score could have been 0-1!
Last fifteen minutes
Salute to the two groups of fans who continue to encourage their team and provide the necessary atmosphere. There is still little experience in this field at the moment, but the excitement remains!
Uday Al-Dabbagh was replaced by Nadhir Ben Bouali
Xan Rogelge is replaced by Ken Nkoba Chinede
Marco Ilimaharitra replaces Ryota Morioka
Kaya is in the foreground
STVV insists. Eto'o passed the ball to Kaya but his shot went wide of the far post.
Kaya is dangerous again
There's STVV again! Kaya once again confronts the ever-vigilant Kofi.
Parfait Guiagun is replaced by Isaac Mbenza
Eto and Kaya meet Kofi
Sharp counter punch from STVV! Kaya charges towards Ito, but meets Kofi's fists. Kaya's rebound did not go past the Charleroi goalkeeper, and Bajer blocked the ball on the goal line. Finally some excitement in Stayen.
The sting will likely be at the end of the game again. Until now we are still waiting for the opening.
The second half started
The end of the first half
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