Hattrick Izquierdo helps Club underway at Charleroi
In a neat 1-3 win at Charleroi, MVP José Izquierdo showed why he's the man wearing the Golden Boot, scoring three. The win takes Club closer to leaders Anderlecht.
Michel Preud’homme had two surprises up his sleeve for the hefty away game at Mambourg. Ethan Horvath came on for Butelle, making his debut for the visitors. To boot, Ahmed Touba was rewarded for his fine game against Zulte Waregem with a place in the Starting XI, referring Dion Cools to the bench. With Benoît Poulain falling out during warm-up, Bjorn Engels made his way back to the team.
Cautious at first, Blauw-Zwart threatened through a Claudemir header. Charleroi put up a solid organisation, allowing Club little wriggle room. Still, the visitors had the lion's share of chances. Vossen's shot chipped off a defender, and a bit later Penneteau left his goal to thwart Vormer, who pulled back to Engels. The latter lobbed the remaining Charleroi defendes, who saw the effort end up in the roof of the goal.
Club was in control, and came close to opening the score on the half hour mark. Vossen put the ball through the home defense to Rotariu, but the Rumanian's shot met with the finger tips of Penneteau and went just wide. Moments later, Engels' header missed target. Just when the two teams seemed to be heading for a goalless first half, Rotariu put José Izquierdo neatly through on goal, and the Golden Shoe beat Penneteau to the ball making it 0-1.
A very important lead for Blauw-Zwart, but fresh out of the dressing rooms, the bonus was reduced to none. Horvath heard Lardot's whistle and put the ball down, but Pollet heard correctly, tapping the equaliser in in front of a flabergasted Club goalie. No reason to despair, however, as Club reacted straight away: Claudemir teed up Izquierdo, tucking in the 1-2 just one minute after the setback.
As holding on to a solid organistation 1-2 down was useless, the hosts shook off all caution. Horvath was called upon a couple of times, and saved shots by Hendrickx and Bedia, while a Tainmont header went wide. Charleroi kept pushing, but Dessoleil and again Bedia were unable to frame their attempts. The heat was on, but Blauw-Zwart resisted the pressure, and killed the game with fifteen minutes on the clock. A long ball by Horvath caused all kinds of trouble to the Charleroi defense, and Izquierdo did not hesitate to tap in his third of the night.
More was in it for Club in the dying minutes of the game; Vormer saw his shot blocked, Wesley's lob went over, and both Vormer (aiming his attempt against Izquierdo) and Vanaken (aiming his shot over) missed waning chances. The hosts were down and out, and as Pollet's header also went wide, Club started packing the 1-3 victory. The win takes Club closer to Anderlecht, and puts the team back in the race for the title.
|Jupiler Pro League||Play-off 1 - MD7|
|Audience||11,163 - Stade du Pays de Charleroi|
Nicolas Penneteau – Clinton Mata, Javier Martos (83’ Jordan Remacle), Dorian Dessoleil, Francis N’Ganga – Mamadou Fall (59’ Chris Bedia), Gaëtan Hendrickx, Enes Saglik (69’ Cristian Benavente), Cristophe Diandy, Clément Tainmont – David Pollet.
Coach: Felice Mazzu.
Ethan Horvath – Helibelton Palacios, Bjorn Engels, Stefano Denswil, Ahmed Touba (88’ Dion Cools) – Ruud Vormer, Claudemir, Hans Vanaken – Dorin Rotariu (80’ Timmy Simons), Jelle Vossen (73’ Wesley Moraes), José Izquierdo.
Bank: Ludovic Butelle, Ricardo van Rhijn, Anthony Limbombe and Lex Immers.
Coach: Michel Preud’homme.
|Goals||45’ Izquierdo (0-1), 47’ Pollet (1-1), 48’ Izquierdo (1-2), 77’ Izquierdo (1-3).|
Text by: Steven Floin (sv)