Westerlo brought Brugge back to Earth after their Champions League successes. For the first time, Westerlo managed to win a visit to Blue-Black, thanks to two goals from Lyle Foster.
Club Brugge – Westerlo in a nutshell:
- important moment: Club Brugge continues the attack to score the connecting goal, but on the other side they get a knockout from Westerlo. Foster makes his second night and the match ends.
- man of the match: Lyle Foster was in the right place twice this evening to push the ball into the net. The South African player distributed cold showers to the fans of Brugge.
- hit/statistic: Westerlo could not win at Club Brugge. see you tonight. After 18 games with a point loss, the team can get the full booty today.
Brugge starts the party eagerly
After an unforgettable win over Atlético Madrid, Club Brugge welcomed Westerlo today. Coach Karl Hofkins turned hard and brought no less than 6 new names to the start of the match. Lang, Yarimchuk, and Skov Olsen appeared among others.
The home team immediately caught Westerlo and created some great chances. A ball was knocked out by Lange on the goal line and Yarmacuk and Vanaken both missed great chances.
After that, the storm subsided and visitors also had a few opportunities. Mignolet was right in an attempt by the Bruges de Kuiper mercenary and saw Chadli’s shot go past his cage.
No European efficiency, Westerlo benefits
After the break, Brugge still had plenty of chances, but after 53 minutes he suddenly looked behind. A lightning-fast counter of visitors came after a chaotic stage with Mignolet at Foster’s feet. The striker did not hesitate and gave his team the lead.
Karl Hofkins saw enough and knew he had to step in. With Nossa, Buchanan, and Laren, the National Champion went into battle again. Once again, Brugge created plenty of chances, but efficiency against Atletico Madrid was nowhere to be found tonight.
Nielsen, Vanaken, Buchanan, and Larryn had (big) chances, but they all failed to score.
The lights went out completely 10 minutes before the end. A free kick from Westerlo just ended at Foster’s feet and the South African put his second of the evening into the basket. Wrote.
Westerlo could come home for the first time in his 19th game against Jan Breedel with 3 points in his pocket. Brugge can prepare for the meeting against Simeone and his teammates.
Karl Hofkins: “Everything can be traced back to a lack of competence”
Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge): “This is a painful defeat after a great game against Atlético. Westerlo defended really well today and when they came out on the counter it was always dangerous. So that’s a shame. The European match against Standard may have been an excuse before, but tonight we didn’t take our chances. Our arrears with Antwerp? I’m not working on it now, we always have to look at ourselves.”
Robin Seagers (Westerlo): “We didn’t really count on that victory. We had everything to win today and we did. Sinan Polat was really good in goalkeeping and our defenses were very sharp. Our first objective of course is to secure protection, when we play like we do. Now, he’s going to be fine!” “
Jonas de Roek (Westerlo coach): “We were convinced that a result like this was possible, although you need some luck for that, of course. We have shown at times that we can play beautiful football. It is very nice today that we agree in the picture Erection.”
Karl Hofkins (Coach, Club Brugge): “Everything today can be traced back to a lack of efficiency. There were moments of course that were not perfect. We conceded two goals that could have been avoided and I think the first goal should never be agreed upon. With that result. I felt good at the break, but that goal made it difficult and then Westerlo deserved to win the match.”
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