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It's 12 points from 12 for Cercle after a 2-0 win against Seraing!

After victories in Kortrijk and St-Truiden, Dominik Thalhammer made his home debut against Seraing. The match was an important one for the battle at the bottom and the Groen-Zwart responded well to continue their good form of the past few weeks. After 20 minutes, Hotic lobbed a ball into an empty goal after visiting goalkeeper Dietsch's poor attempt at clearing the ball. Just before half time, Lopes Da Silva doubled the lead, scoring the match's final goal with a well-placed shot.

Coach Thalhammer had little reason to change for the third match in a row; only the suspended Matondo was replaced, by Millàn.

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Cercle had taken 9 points from 9 in their previous league matches, and that gave the team confidence for their first home match under their new coach. The Groen-Zwart started the match brightly and after 20 minutes Dietsch was unable to clear a deep ball from Van der Bruggen. The ball fell to Hotic, whose shot from 30 meters landed perfectly in the goal.

Cercle remained the most threatening team after having taken the lead. Besides a shot from Mikautadze, Didillon had little to do in the first half.

Cercle kept pushing and on the stroke of half-time this resulted in a second goal. Boulenger was just able to clear a pass from Millàn for Somers, but in doing so the ball landed at the feet of Lopes Da Silva. He would then tuck the ball into the bottom corner, past a helpless Dietsch.

Vanhoutte replaced Deman at half time and ten minutes into the second half opposing manager Jordi Condom also brought on some new faces in Mouandilmadji and Sambu. Seraing came out of the locker room with more determinaton, trying to get back into the match. Mikautadze was rewarded with a one-on-one against Didillon, but his lobbed effort passed a few yards over the Groen-Zwart goal.

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Groen-Zwart then had a difficult quarter of an hour, but gradually recovered the balance to see out the result. Hannes van der Bruggen had two more excellent opportunities to extend the lead, but Dietsch was alert to his first attempt and the second was over the bar. Seraing then tried to squeeze in a final attack, but the defensive organization of Cercle limited the Liège side's chances well, giving away nothing. With this result the Groen-Zwart have taken 12 points from 12 in the league and can look toward the final two matches before the winter break without any worries.

Cercle: Didillon, Velkovski, Daland, Utkus, Decostere, Van der Bruggen, Da Silva Lopes (Sousa 78'), Deman (Vanhoutte 46'), Hotic (Sampers 89'), Millàn (Denkey 73') and Somers

Seraing: Dietsch, Kilota (Poaty 66'), Mikautadze, Bernier (Sambu 55'), Lahssaini (Pierrot 77'), Nadrani, Boulenger, Del Fabro (Mouandilmadji 55'), Jallow, Cissé and Maziz

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