Man of the match: Tobe Leysen was again invaluable for OH Leuven. The goalkeeper made sure that his strikers could play football without any worries with a lot of parades.
Key moment: A flashy opening phase sealed the fate of the match. After just 10 minutes, Westerlo had already taken a double lead. Westerlo was never given the chance to get into the match.
Remarkable: Westerlo had 73% ball possession, shot 10 times and scored 14 corner kicks. And yet it failed to score. Bad luck or a sign on the wall?
One initial phase is not the same for Westerlo. As well as the match started earlier this week in ‘t Kuipje, it got off to such a dramatic start.
On Tuesday, Westerlo was already 4-0 ahead against Cercle after half an hour, today it was already 0-2 behind after just 10 minutes.
Although OH Leuven barely had the ball, it completed its first two opportunities at 100%. First Banzuzi curled in a free kick from maestro Maziz, not much later Florian Miguel pushed the 0-2 into the far corner.
Everything indicated that Westerlo – which had been on the rise in recent weeks – had lost the match before it had even started.
In addition, OHL goalkeeper Tobe Leysen thought he was unbeatable today. Westerlo scored a dozen corner kicks before half-time, but Leysen kept clear of the danger. And a handful of chances for the home team were also defused by the MVP.
It was clear that it was not Westerlo’s day. Half an hour before the end, substitute Mathieu Maertens – who had barely been on the field for a minute – closed the books for good.
Westerlo has its feet on the ground again, Leuven is climbing out of the danger zone for the time being.