Beerschot has successfully completed the move to Roeselare. It beat the youngsters of Club NXT with 1-2. Exactly ex-Club player Thibo Baeten scored both goals for the Kielse Ratten. Beerschot is currently in the lead in the Challenger Pro League due to the victory.
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Andreas Wieland opted for three new basic pawns in The Nest van Roeselare. The most notable absentee was Mike Vanhamel. According to the club, the permanent first goalkeeper was missing due to transfer problems. The young Bill Lathouwers was therefore allowed to make his debut for Beerschot. Wieland also changed his system after the 2-3 defeat to Lierse K. The great Ibrahim Alhassan found a place between Luca Meisl and Hervé Matthys in the heart of the defence. On the left, Marco Weymans was preferred over Mardo Nzita. That approach paid off. Beerschot kept everything locked in the back before the break and came out a few times witty. Ramiro Vaca and Thibo Baeten had small chances, the youngsters of Club NXT were unable to put Lathouwers to work before half time. Five minutes before the break, Baeten nodded an excellent cross from Leo Séydoux via an NXT defender past home goalkeeper Senne Lammens. Good for Baeten because two years ago he made his professional football debut at… Club NXT.
Missed penalty kick tipping moment
Right after the break, Club NXT created a first chance. Old age blanket Lennart Mertens incomprehensibly missed. A few minutes later, Noah Mbamba swung himself between three Beerschot players, captain Ryan Sanusi tapped him: penalty for Club NXT. Captain Arne Engels, however, aimed the eleven meter against the outside of the post. So it remained 0-1. The missed penalty turned out to be a turning point in the match. Around the hour, Beerschot was able to threaten for the first time after the break. Sanusi tried twice from a distance, without success. In the meantime, Wieland had already replaced the volatile Vaca with Ilias Sebaoui. And barely a few minutes later, Sebaoui served his buddy Baeten, who gave his team a double lead. The last repetition showed that Baeten was almost a meter offside in that phase. This time, Beerschot could be happy that there is no VAR in the Challenger Pro League.
The match seemed over, until fifteen minutes before the end the yet secure Alhassan started to fumble. Engels nicked him and tested Lathouwers’ fists, Daniel Perez scored in the rebound. But that was just a final convulsion of Club’s promises. Five minutes before the end, Perez also received a direct red card for (light) kicking on Andi Koshi. Beerschot had meanwhile thrown in Frédéric Frans to lock everything in the back and played the match all in all easily. With 7 out of 12 it climbs to a provisional leader position in the Challenger Pro League.