Charleroi wins mud match
In the Stade du Pays de Charleroi, the 1/16 final of the Croky cup was played this afternoon. The infernal rain showers of the past days and today turned the field into a pool of water. Those who expected quick actions, punishing combination play and dominance were deceived. It did provide spectacle though, with Charleroi as the eventual winner.
Charleroi started with an almost complete A-team, while Westerlo coach Bob Peeters gave a lot of base players the necessary rest to be ready for the next game in the 1B Pro League on Sunday.
The first minutes of the match reminded us of a game of beach football on the Belgian coast. No matter how much you want to dribble, you simply cannot get the ball forward. Westerlo got away with it quickest and were awarded a free kick in a not unpleasant position after a mistake by goalkeeper Descamps. Abrahams played the ball centrally to Janssens who looked for the top left corner. The shot was just not sharp enough and Descamps had a fine reflex.
At the other end, goalkeeper Van Langendonck (who today kept his 200th game in the Westerlo shirt) also had to prove himself a number of times with some sublime saves to keep our teammates in the running. The Westerlo goalie has grown into a real bantam and is already on his … season with Westerlo.
Playing football was almost impossible on this water mat. Westerlo had the better of the game and the best chances in the first half hour. Charleroi got into the game better in the next quarter of an hour and pulled the game back to them. The score was 0-0 at halftime.
Westerlo came out of the dressing room sharp and sharp. With 2 giant chances, our team came close to scoring the opening goal tonight. At the second chance everyone at Westerlo saw the ball go over the line, but referee Bert Put did not see a goal in it. 5 minutes later another discutable phase. Charleroi could not get the ball away and in the scrimmage the ball ended up against the hand of a Charleroi defender. No penalty judged Bert Put.
The moment for Charleroi coach Belhocine to bring in three new forces. Ex-RSCA striker Teodorczyk, Golizadeh and Rezaei had to get the win for Charleroi. Bob Peeters responded with the young Kyan Vaesen for more length and duelling power at the front.
With a shot in the closing minutes, substitute Teodorczyk scored the 0-1 for Charleroi with a clever shot into the bottom left corner. Viewed over the whole match, this was certainly not deserved. Westerlo often showed the better side in this difficult game, but the individual class of Charleroi made the difference. We can look back on this difficult game with our heads held high!