Kortrijk had ended up in 17th place after 3 defeats in a row and barely 1 victory. So the club replaced coach Karim Belhocine with Adnan Custovic. He had barely had 2 days to prepare his team.
Eupen had won a second time this season in Westerlo last week, coach Storck counted on the same 11. And they also started the match best. The first big chance was for Avenatti, who got Custovic’s confidence.
Both teams had their moments and chances for the opening goal: N’Dri saw Ilic dive well into a corner, the controls of Lamkel Ze and especially Messaoudi at 2 deep balls were just not good enough to outsmart Moser.
Immediately after the break, Kortrijk was dangerous twice, but then Eupen took control of the match. Although it lacked a good last pass.
On the hour the switches started. Both coaches wanted to win. Custovic replaced Selemani and Guèye for Avenatti and Lamkel Zé, the latter immediately walked into the dressing room.
The game went up and down with chances for Watanabe for Kortrijk and Soumano and Lambert for Eupen.
Fifteen minutes before the end, Custovic threw Mbayo into the fray and the young attacker immediately set off fire. Together with Selemani and Guèye, he created the necessary danger.
10 minutes before the end, Mbayo walked smartly between the lines, Selemani searched and found him, Mbayo remained very cool: 0-1. Guèye helped create space at the goal.
Eupen coach Storck reacted with a triple substitution, which resulted in 2 hot positions in the 5 minutes of extra time along Magnée and with a free kick. But Kortrijk held its ground and dropped to 12th place with a second win of the season.
Eupen loses for the second time in a row at home to a direct competitor (2 match days ago from Seraing) and is 15th with the hot breath of Seraing, Zulte Waregem and Cercle Brugge.