Club suffers 2-1 defeat at KV Ostend
Mirroring Club Brugge's season, the last away mission on the list ended in a defeat at the hands of KV Ostend. The hosts' goals came courtesy of two former Club players, Rozehnal and Akpala.
Michel Preud’homme was forced to make one change to his starting line-up: Bjorn Engels fell out sick, and was replaced by Timmy Simons. Club had a focused start to the game, producing some early threats. A fine infiltration by Vanaken brought panic to the home defense, clearing the ball just in time. A bit later, an even better chance followed. Izquierdo misinterpreted a through-ball by Vossen, and Vanaken's rebound effort went just wide.
Twenty minutes played, KVO restored the balance, which resulted in two chances: Capon's shot ended up in the side netting, and Akpala's effort went wide of target. Club also kept coming: some fancy footwork by Izquierdo put him in shooting position, but the ball ended up over goal, and moments later Dutoit beat Rotariu to the ball as the Rumanian seemed through on goal.
The hosts had trouble keeping control over the game and paid it in spades: a good cross by Canesin was headed in by former Club defender David Rozehnal, making it 1-0 after half an hour. Blauw-Zwart went for the immediate reaction, but lacked pure passing to really cause a dent. Dutoit had no trouble denying Izquierdo twice, but the best chance was for Palacios, seeing his volley shatter the crossbar.
With Limbombe on for Rotariu in the second half, Club remained in default when it came to fine passing. The hosts remained dangerous, with Akpala firing a shot wide. Blauw-Zwart was uninspired, and coach Michel Preud’homme reacted, bringing on Wesley and Refaelov for Vossen and Palacios.
Club now went full steam ahead, leaving lots of space in the back for Ostend. Club went through a tight spot twice, as Akpala and Capon were unable to frame their attempts. More than shots by Claudemir and Refaelov was not in it for Club, but with twenty minutes to play, the equaliser finally came: Wesley was found inside the box, and struck surprisingly, leaving goalkeeper Dutoit chanceless.
The goal came with a boost of hope for Club, and the visitors now really overpowered the hosts. Izquierdo's shot whizzed over, Limbombe's header was cleared from the goal line, and Dutoit produced fine saves denying Refaelov and again Limbombe. The 1-2 seemed just a matter of seconds, but as it often goes in football, it was the other team that scored. A long ball over Club's defense seemed to attract an off-side situation, but the hosts forgot about Joseph Akpala who neatly lobbed the ball over Horvath in goal, thus sealing Club's fate: 2-1. On Sunday, Club cannot afford to lose against AA Gent. If it does, the ticket to the CL preliminaries goes to the Buffalo's.
|Jupiler Pro League||Play-off 1 - Speeldag 9|
|Audience||8,000 - Versluys Arena|
William Dutoit – Kevin Vandendriessche, David Rozehnal, Zarko Tomasevic, Brecht Capon – Sébastien Siani, Andile Jali, Franck Berrier (89’ Hasan Özkan) – Fernando Canesin (84’ Yassine El Ghanassy), Joseph Akpala, Knowledge Musona (90’ Michiel Jonckheere).
Coach: Yves Vanderhaeghe.
Ethan Horvath – Helibelton Palacios (59’ Lior Refaelov), Timmy Simons, Stefano Denswil, Ahmed Touba – Ruud Vormer, Claudemir, Hans Vanaken – Dorin Rotariu (46’ Anthony Limbombe), Jelle Vossen (59’ Wesley Moraes), José Izquierdo.
Bank: Ludovic Butelle, Ricardo van Rhijn, Dion Cools and Lex Immers.
Coach: Michel Preud’homme.
|Yellow||Touba, Palacios, Musona, Claudemir.|
|Goals||30’ Rozehnal (1-0), 72’ Wesley (1-1), 83’ Akpala (2-1).|
Text by: Steven Floin (sv)