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Cercle fall to Charleroi, 3-4

Cercle were back in action on the 18th Matchday of the league season, in the Jan Breydel Stadium against Sporting Charleroi. Just before kick-off, Jérémy Taravel was honored for his 200th game in the Jupiler Pro League. Cercle started the game well and at half-time it was 2-0 thanks to a double from Ugbo, but Lopes had ben sent off with a second yellow card just before half time. In the second half the tables were turned and Charleroi took the lead against a ten-man Cercle via Gholizadeh, Nicholson and Morioka (2-3). Musaba was able to bring the Green and Blacks back to level terms five minutes before time, 3-3. But the game was not over yet and Bruno brought Charleroi ahead again as a goal-rich match ended in a 3-4 loss.

Hotic, Kanouté and Omolo were not on the team sheet due to injuries. Bates was suspended because of his red card against KV Oostende. After just under ten minutes of play, Cercle got thier first chance. A cross from Corryn fell to Ugbo but the striker's shot was too weak and was blocked by the Charleroi defense. The visitors reacted quickly and earned a corner kick. The ball was heading for Gholizadeh, but his shot soared over Didillon's goal. The Green and Black had the better team in the opening phases of play, though and were soon rewarded. A free kick from Velkovski came to Taravel, who headed the ball on to Ugbo, and the attacker scored from close range to make it 1-0. Moments later, Ugbo again had a shot on target, but Descamps saved the attempt with his hands.

The Charleroi goalkeeper was called back into action soon enough. His error on a backpass saw Hazard hit the ball across goal. Velkovski let the ball run smartly and Ugbo made it 2-0 into an empty goal. Charleroi did not give up, as, Gholizadeh had two good chances one after the other, his second attempt hitting the bar — Cercle had been lucky to still be on a clean sheet. Just before half-time, Cercle were reduced to ten men as Lopes got his second yellow card of the game. Vanhoutte then took his place and Hazard moved to the wing. For Taravel his 200th game ended on a sour note, as he had to leave the field injured added time in the first half; Ueda was his replacement.

With 10 men against Cercle’s 11, the Zebras had the upper hand. They soon had chances through Morioka, whose shot went into the hands of Didillon, and Fall, who saw his shot blocked by Marcelin. Charleroi continued to pile on the pressure, though. A free kick by Morioka narrowly went wide. After the intervention of the VAR, Charleroi received a penalty for a handball by Vanhoutte. Nicholson's shot hit the post and bounced back onto the field, enabling Didillon to grab the ball.

However, it was only a postponement of the opening goal, as within two minutes it was 2-2. Gholizadeh beat Didillon from close range and Nicholson’s header saw Charleroi back on level terms. Five minutes later, Morioka gave the visitors the lead, 2-3. After taking the lead, the pressure from Charleroi dropped for a while. Another shot from Morioka went wide, as did an effort from Gholizadeh. With the end of the game in sight, Cercle were finally able to attack again, with a header from Ugbo missing the target. Moments later, Descamps unluckily punched a cross from Vitinho to the feet of Musaba and he didn’t hesitate to make it 3-3. But barely two minutes later Bruno gave Charleroi the lead again, making it 3-4, which would be the final score.



Cercle Bruges: Didillon, Vitinho, Taravel (Ueda 49’), Hazard (Vanhoutte 44’), Ugbo, Musaba, Velkovski (Somers 80’), Hoggas, Marcelin, Corryn and Lopes

Sporting Charleroi: Descamps, Van Cleemput, Gholizadeh (Bruno 77’), Kayembe, Nicholson (Teodorczyk 89’), Willems, Dessoleil, Fall, Nkuba Tshiend (Benchaib 22’), Gillet and Morioka

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