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After goals from Kayembe and Vanhoutte resulted in the match being level, 1-1, at halftime, the match seemed to be heading for a draw for a long time. A late header by Agbadou, however, decided the match in Eupen's favour.


Matondo made a first start for Cercle, replacing Somers in attack. Beyond the Welshman's inclusion, there were no further changes to Yves Vanderhaeghe's team. The match served to honor the Me to You movement, as Miguel Van Damme kicked off amid cheers from the Groen-Zwart's supporters.

Both teams started the game eagerly, but it was Eupen who first came close to scoring after ten minutes. A shot by Prevljak from just outside the box hit the post between a bunch of defenders. Nine minutes later the Pandas would have their opener: a deflected cross ended up at the feet of Kayembe, who did not hesitate to make it 0-1. Cercle reacted, though with Vitinho providing the creativity, and it was the Brazilian who initiated the play which led to the equalizer. His pass was poorly cleared by the Eupen defense and cleverly played in by Millan for Vanhoutte, who finished hard to make it 1-1. Both teams would then come close to scoring just before the half. Prevljak fired from close range at Didillon but the 'keeper stood strong, while at the other end, a cross from Velkovsky was put on target by Millan, only for  goalkeeper Himmelman to make a fine save.

Despite a lot of effort from both sides, the second half was a lot more sloppy than the first, which meant that the fans saw fewer scoring chances. Twenty minutes before time, Hotic was brought on and he immediately made a difference. An interception followed by a good cross from the Bosnian ended up at Millan's feet, but he couldn't get a shot away. Cercle had hoped to make it 2-1, but the deciding goal would come for their opponents ten minutes from time, as a free kick by Peeters was headed home by the Eupen defender Agbadou. Vanderhaeghe would bring on Waldo, Somers and Denkey in the hopes of getting an equalizer, but Cercle did not come closer to scoring than a header from the latter of these on a free kick.

Cercle: Didillon, Vitinho, Utkus, Daland (Rubio 85'), Miangue, Velkovski, Da Silva, Vanhoutte, Deman (Hotic 72'), Matondo (Somers 92') and Millan (Denkey 85')

Eupen: Himmelmann, Beck (Deom 58'), Heris, Agbadou, Amat, Cools, Peeters, Kayembe (N'Dri 58'), Lambert (Keita 77'), Nuhu (Gnaka 92') and Prevljak (Koné 92').

Goals: Kayembe (0-1 19'), Vanhoutte (1-1 35'), Agbadou (1-2 81')

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