Match reportLeader Union defeated Club Brugge 2-1. The lightning-fast Mohamed Amoura scored twice for the Brussels team. Thanks to this victory, Union is 12 points ahead of the West Flemish.
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Initially, Club Brugge still demanded the ball and there was some carelessness on both sides. A blocked shot by Lapoussin was the first warning. Amoura’s opening goal was one to cherish. Puertas served the Algerian and he delivered a sensational bicycle kick. It was the signal for the home team to push through. Mignolet had a great parade on another shot from Amoura.
After the break, the people of Brussels continued the momentum. The ubiquitous Amoura pushed through well and served Puertas. He kicked over Mignolet’s goal. Lapoussin scored with a place ball and Lazare actually tried with a header. It was indicative of Union’s eagerness.
De Cuyper’s equalizer came out of nowhere. He outwitted Moris from an oblique angle. For a while it looked like Bruges would really restore the balance. For a bit. Union picked up the thread again and once again created a threat. Standout Amoura – a new trendsetter in this competition – was able to continue at speed and give the home team the lead. In the final phase, Rodriguez was knocked down in the penalty area. He put himself behind the ball, but missed a third Brussels goal.
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Alessio Castro-Montes played a strong game on the right flank. Did he ever score a goal like Amoura in the first half? “Perhaps during training. Although, the referee should actually give us time to all watch the replay quietly and enjoy it. It was so fantastically beautiful. Unfortunately, there is no big screen in the Dudenpark (laughs). There were some phases in which Bruges could pose a threat. That’s normal, it’s still about Club. Overall, however, we had the party firmly under control.”
Union retains the leading position in the Jupiler Pro League. Alessio Castro-Montes remains calm. “We are not currently concerned with rankings. We would rather be twelve points ahead than twelve behind. Yet I put everything into perspective. After the championship the points are halved. Then it is only six points more. Or six already.”
On the left flank, Cameron Puertas attracted all the attention. The Spanish Swiss confirmed the high level he is reaching this season. “I think we achieved a top performance against Club Brugge. We played against an absolute top club in our competition. Although we were able to grab Bruges by the throat at times, we still had to pay attention. They proved that when they conceded the goal. At that moment we even had to be careful not to get a second cold shower. Fortunately, we were able to quickly pick up the positive wire again. In the final phase we were again able to provide most of the threat ourselves. Rodriguez could have completely secured this win. Fortunately, his miss had no influence on the positive end result.”
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End of second half
Rodríguez forgets to add the books altogether. He rashly kicks wide. Club Brugge is still alive.
Yellow card for Jorne Spileers
Penalty for Union!
Spileers gets Rodríguez down. Penalty for Union!
Yellow card for Simon Mignolet
Yellow card for Christian Burgess
Vanaken’s free kick deflected
We play football for six minutes longer. A free kick from Vanaken disappears Rodríguez in a corner.
Yellow card for Loic Lapoussin
Union has everything under control
Union will not be in trouble for the time being. Club Brugge looks at it with dismay. Do Ronny Deila’s troops still have a final offensive in hand?
Mohamed Amoura is replaced by Mathias Rasmussen
Amoura can no longer continue. Rasmussen will replace him.
Brandon Mechele is replaced by Igor Thiago
Lazare Amani is replaced by Noah Sadiki
Lazare is taken to the side, but Amoura has to stay standing because of Blessin.
End of Amoura match?
Amoura’s match seems to be over. He landed badly after scoring his second goal and fumbled his shoulder. Lazare also sits down.
2-1 GOAL by Mohamed Amoura!
What a sensation it is Mohamed Amoura! After a subtle tap from the newly arrived Rodríguez can escape the lightning-fast Algerian. He passes Mignolet and kicks the 2-1 into the net. The Duden Park explodes.
Dennis Eckert Ayensa is replaced by Kevin Rodríguez
Skov Olsen swipe
Club Brugge smells blood. Skov Olsen advances and takes a swing, but his ball whizzes next to Moris’ cage.
1-1 GOAL by Maxim De Cuyper!
Against the flow of the game, the boards are again in balance. Opportunity right back De Cuyper cleverly deposits the leather in the far corner. Everything to do again in the Dudenpark.
Castro-Montes steals the ball from Nusa and makes a blistering effort, but Mignolet is able to box away.
New rescue Mignolet
Mignolet is the only one at the same level in blue-black. He pushes a free kick from Puertas over the crossbar. A second Union goal hangs in the air.
Yellow card for Hugo Vetlesen
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