man of the match Renaud Emond certainly had the most eventful match, but he also clinched the match. The substitute had half an hour of assist, a goal and two yellow cards – the second for taking his shirt off after said goal.
Key moment: Nkoba scored the equalizing goal five minutes from time. A dramatic ending presented itself, but entry was denied by Emond.
distinct: It is Standard’s 60th victory over Charleroi. The two teams do not shun each other, but players from Liège are often too strong for their Walloon brothers.
Both teams definitely had something to play for, two days before the end of the regular season. The match was delayed by fifteen minutes, but two fans, cocked to the brim with the Bengals’ fire, kicked off the game.
An even first half had both keepers working, and in the end it was Kofi who had to capitulate after fifteen minutes. Noah Ohio single-handedly went to Coffey – on instructions from Alzatti – and shot perfectly past the keeper. Via internal mail 1-0.
For real chances, he would bide her time until just before the break. Mbenza pulled out his curling iron, but aimed for the top of the crossover. Points for style, but nothing on the leaderboard.
After the break, Charleroi began to dominate, but there were very few chances. Once again Mbeinza tried from distance, this time Simirut headed the bar. Anything standard but secure in the back.
The match seemed to bleed to death, with many backlashes, interruptions, and fights. Football was often absent, especially when a rocket landed on the field. The deja vu of what Charleroi really experienced, although this time the hurler was from Liège. Della enters with substitutes Emond and Perica.
Little Danger After the Hour has always been black and white. Standard seemed to shiver near the end, until I decided otherwise. Brica headed a corner well, and Fauci was at the second post and could go crazy.
Charleroi went looking for compensation with a knife between his teeth and got it through Nkoba. A simultaneous dry strike on a far cross seemed to turn the game around, but that was not counting match hero Emond. The striker only got his chance for Kofi and didn’t hesitate. Not even when he took off his jacket in celebration. Showering prematurely.
With the win, Standard leapfrog Club Brugge, who still have to fight for fifth place, let alone fourth. Charleroi will have to wait for the Anderlecht result.
Ronnie Della (Standard): “What an unbelievable atmosphere, I had goosebumps all evening. We didn’t play our best game, looked a bit tired and passed the ball very slowly. But we fought for it and that’s why we are very happy with the three points, there’s no problem with games like this.” Anything is still possible in the qualifiers, but it’s not in our hands.”
Felice Matsu (Charleroi): “This defeat was not deserved, the players made the match. With possession and chances, I am proud of the game we played, against a dynamic opponent. We showed great things, with more efficiency in the penalty area, we leave the field at least one point.”
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