As a red lantern in the first class, a move to Beveren was no gift. Yet Westerlo absolutely had to make the best of it if it wanted to keep the alarm bells off.
But not long after Prince Laurent kicked off, trainer Jonas De Roeck already heaved a deep sigh.
A cross reached Sander Coopman. He didn’t hesitate for a millisecond and gave SK Beveren the lead with a great volley. The roof of the goal just didn’t come off, and the mood was also great on the Freethiel.
Westerlo fought its way into the game with great difficulty. Just when they had the best chances to score an equalizer, the Kempen residents were treated to a cold shower. Hrncar found the bottom corner just before half time, making it a painful 2-0.
Westerlo’s ordeal did not stop there. Substitute Koyalipou flawlessly converted a lightly whistled eleven-meter shot. Madsen also scored a penalty, but that was nothing more than a cover-up.
The cup turns out to be a poisoned gift for Westerlo. The pressure on Jonas De Roeck is increasing in the run-up to the league match against OHL.