A trip to Charleroi was on the menu for our Kemphanen after the international break. With three new names in the starting eleven, Coach De Roeck hoped to bring three points back to ’t Kuipje.
Line-up KVC Westerlo: S. Bolat, B. Haidara (77′ G. Yow), J. Bos, N. Madsen, S. Sydorchuk (89′ T. Van Den Keybus), B. Reynolds, T. Rommens, E. Bayram, A. Piedfort, L. Stassin (68′ L. Stassin), Y. Matsuo (68′ E. Daci)
The Zebra’s were the more eager side from the start. Backed by the home crowd, Mazzu’s troops immediately set course for Bolat’s goal, but the Westel goalkeeper didn’t have to come into action in the opening quarter. On the other side, our Kemphans briefly showed their presence in the early stages through Matsuo, but he couldn’t keep his shot on target.
Madsen, however, managed to do that just before the half-hour mark. After a well-crafted attack, the Dane found some space at the edge of the box and pulled the trigger. An unfortunate outstretched leg from Knezevic resulted in a special curve that surprised home goalkeeper Koffi. The first shot on target thus resulted in a goal.
Our Kemphans defended solidly and went into halftime with a 0-1 lead, facing only a close-range header from Benouali just before the break that required Bolat’s alert two-stage response.
Report: Glen Van Herck
Photos: Vincent Kalut/Photo News