A DRAW ON CHARACTER
The previous two meetings against the team of Virton were booked in our memory as questionable. We will also classify this third confrontation under this heading. In minute 7 Koen Van Langendonck took a red card, after a bad return ball by Noël Soumah. In the added time of the first half, Kurt Abrahams was able to put the 0-1 score on the board, but a quarter of an hour before the time was up, the home team was able to score. Our Kemphanen had doubled their score just before, but the referee trio rejected Igor Vetokele’s goal.
Bob Peeters had worked out a tactical plan throughout the week, which he used for the training sessions. Christoffer Remmer had to reduce the danger of the upcoming back Jordanov and Stephen Buyl disappeared back to the bench. After seven minutes of play our Viking was allowed to take a shower again. He was sacrificed to bring Kristof Van Hout into the field. Koen Van Langendonck had to take a red card because Noël Soumah got the ball on his foot badly on the bad field and he presented an open boulevard to Turpel who could only go for our goalkeeper. The ball remained under Koen’s arm when he came out, and as the action also took place outside the sixteen, the referee gave him the red card.
Reorganisation is then necessary. Virton’s Coach Toppmöller said at the press conference that he would rather have played against eleven Kemphanen than against ten. Our boys once again showed their brilliant mentality. They ran for each other and they gave themselves for 200%. Despite the numerical minority, no opportunities were given away. The surprise was even in the added time of the first half. Anthony Moris let a ball slip through his fingers and in the scrimmage that followed, Kurt Abrahams could deposit the ball in the goal (0-1).
In the second half, Virton was a little brighter. Kristof Van Hout was in the right place twice. It also became more difficult to get and keep the ball in front and that’s why our coach brought Sava Petrov into the field. The switch was almost a great success because after an action of our Serbian, Igor Vetokele was able to prick the ball against the nets for the second time. Although it couldn’t be seen, referee Arthur Denil rejected the goal because it was supposedly offside. And instead of a double lead, we still had to take a double hit. First Christian Brüls was in the perfect position to get a ball off the line. In the next phase he was in Kristof Van Hout’s sight, so he saw the ball arrive at his goal too late (1-1).
This was the last real achievement of the game.
KVC Westerlo: Van Langendonck, Dewaele, Soumah, Kone, Van Den Bogaert, Keïta, Van Eenoo, Remmer (8′ Van Hout), Abrahams (60′ Petrov), Brüls (87′ Janssens) en Vetokele
Virton: Moris, Jordanov, Malget, Prempeh, Lauriente (72′ Francois), Vanzo (45′ Lapoussin), Stelvio, Lecomte, Couturier, Turpel (60′ Joachim), Kore
Goals: 45′ Abrahams (0-1), 77′ Joachim (1-1)
Yellow cards: Kone, Couturier, Joachim
Red card: 7′ Van Langendonck