Supercup goes to Club after 2-1 win over Standard
First shot, first prize. After a 2-1 home win against Cup winners Standard de Liège, Club Brugge lifted its 15th Supercup. Goals by Vanaken and Wesley just before the break were followed up with an Edmilson tap-in, but that was all that was in it for the visitors.
Three new signings made it to Ivan Leko's Starting XI: Karlo Letica started in goal, seeing Mats Rits coming on for the injured Nakamba, and Arnaut Danjuma on the left wing. To boot, a not so unfamiliar face in Matej Mitrović – Club's latest signing coming over from Besiktas – also started from kick-off. Up front, Jelle Vossen teamed up with Wesley Moraes to form attack.
It took some time for the hosts to get back into the usual rhythm, allowing Standard a better start. The first threat came through Mpoku, unable to unsettle Letica from distance. Club took over, resulting in two fine chances through two crosses by Danjuma and Diatta, but without success. Fifteen minutes played, Danjuma was just too late to make the most of a fine Club attack.
Blauw-Zwart was now in control, and a goal was up in the air. Denswil's header upon a Vormer free kick went just wide, while Gillet had a fine save in store to deny Decarli. With five minutes on the clock in the first half, a we--deserved opener finally came: Danjuma with the action, Vossen stepped over the good cross, only to end up with Hans Vanaken firing in with his left. The goal further spurred Club on, and moments later the score was doubled. Vanaken now provided the assist, launching Wesley, slotting in the 2-0. The visitors tried through a Marin shot, whizzing over.
Arnaut Danjuma's debut could not go unnoticed, and it looked like he was going for Club's third straight out of the dressing rooms, but his shot was cleared just before crossing the goal line. Club kept from killing Standard off, and the hosts made the most of that: Letica was called upon to keep Cop, through on goal, from scoring, but he had not chance as Edmilson tried in the rebound. Blauw-Zwart was not taken aback, and it took a solid Gillet to swipe away Wesley's effort.
The goal brought tension to the game, and opportunities followed on both sides of the pitch. Letica saved Luyindama's hord shot, Diatta's shot ended in the side netting, and Mpoku saw his effort sail wide. With twenty minutes on the clock, Leko offered two more new signings some playing time: Brandon Baiye and Siebe Schrijvers manning the pitch for Rits and Wesley. Standard kept pushing forward, but found Letica on its way, a.o. saving another Mpoku attempt.
The team from Liège kept piling on the pressure, but Club managed to stand ground. With ten minutes to go, Danjuma seemed on his way for the decisive 3-1, but was brought down by Laifis. Ref Vertenten did not budge, however, while Standard also had the ultimate chance to level the score, but Djenepo, just on, aimes his effort just wide. The dying minutes of the game saw a few more Blauw-Zwart chances, but the victory was no longer at dispute. With its 15th Supercup win, Club Brugge showed it is ready for the upcoming season.
Audience: 16,000 – Jan Breydel Stadium
Referee: Mr. Bart Vertenten
Club Brugge: Karlo Letica – Saulo Decarli, Matej Mitrović, Stefano Denswil – Krépin Diatta (80’ Dion Cools), Ruud Vormer, Mats Rits (70’ Brandon Baiye), Hans Vanaken, Arnaut Danjuma – Jelle Vossen, Wesley Moraes (71’ Siebe Schijvers). Bench: Ethan Horvath, Alexander Scholz, Luan Peres, Benoît Poulain, Ivan Tomečak and Loïs Openda. Coach: Ivan Leko.
Standard: Jean-François Gillet – Luis Pedro Cavanda, Christian Luyindama, Konstantinos Laifis, Sébastien Pocognoli (30’ Collins Fai) – Uche Agbo, Razvan Marin, Samuel Bastien (68’ Moussa Djenepo) - Paul José Mpoku, Duje Cop (83’ Renaud Emond), Junior Edmilson. Coach: Michel Preud’homme.
Yellow: Cavanda, Fai, Laifis, Vormer.
Goals: 39’ Vanaken, (1-0), 43’ Wesley (2-0), 49’ Edmilson (2-1).
Text: Steven Floin (sv)