This was a defeat with a bitter taste. There was a lot more to pick up here. Berke didn’t have to take a single ball, while his neighbour, Anthony Moris, became the man of the match. In the end, it was a penalty goal, converted by the collapsed Hadji, who decided on the game.
The best chances in the first half were mostly in the last quarter of an hour. On two occasions Bryan Van Den Bogaert swept the ball perfectly in front of goal. The first time it was Lukas Van Eenoo who headed the ball to the corner and kept keeper Moris out of the goal with a nice gliding jump. The second chance was for Ambroise Gboho, who did the same as his teammate, but Moris was also back. Just before that there was also a penalty phase with Lukas Van Eenoo. Referee Maarten Toeback, however, did not respond.
In the second half our boys were a little less sharp. The combination was more sloppy. Virton continued to defend well in the block and was mainly lurking on the counter. This resulted in a penalty kick for the Luxembourgers in minute 72. Right behind Jordanov infiltrated the penalty area and fell over Bryan Van Den Bogaert’s supporting leg. This time the referee did not hesitate. He put the ball on the spot. Berke did go in the right direction, but the ball did go into goal (0-1).
Four minutes later the score was even again. Only the referees did not want to go along with it at this stage. Kurtje Abrahams gave a cannon shot from outside the sixteen, the ball disappeared through the bottom of the bar into goal, but still the referee refused to approve the goal.
The Kemphans kept insisting. Brüls was close to it too, but Moris kept his nets clean.
Coach Toppmöller clearly admitted at the press conference that they were flattered to win here. Bob Peeters could not be dissatisfied with his group of players, but he could be dissatisfied with the end result.
KV Westerlo: Özer, Dewaele, Biset, Soumah, Van Den Bogaert (89′ Remmer), Antunes, Keïta (68′ De Schryver), Van Eenoo, Abrahams, Gboho (75′ Emenike), Brüls
RE Virton: Moris, Jordanov, Prempeh, Angiulli, Laurienté, Couturier (32′ Soumaré), Cruz, Lecomte, Lapoussin, Turpel (64′ Hadji), Koré (82′ Malget).
Goal: 72′ Hadji (0-1)
Yellow cards: Couturier, Angiulli, Dewaele, Brüls, Lapoussin, Soumaré and Malget