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After an impressive 9 points from 9 with big victories against Eupen (5-1), Seraing (0-1) and Charleroi (4-1) Cercle will head to the Guldenspoor Stadium of KV Kortrijk next Saturday. At the weekly press conference with coach Miron Muslic, the physical preparedness and freshness of our Groen-Zwart was not a topic of conversation for the first time.
Radhi Jaidi (47) has returned to Cercle Brugge. Jaïdi has previously worked for the Groen-Zwart, in the period between February-August 2021, and he will now again play an important role for Cercle. With the appointment of Radhi Jaidi, the technical staff is now complete.
Making his debut as head coach, Miron Muslic took three points back from the Ghelamco Arena after a wild second half. Before halftime, Denkey had opened the scoring for the Groen-Zwart. After the break, Gent drew level, but Hotic gave Cercle the lead again by netting a hat trick.
After the dismissal of Dominik Thalhammer, Miron Muslic faced a baptism by fire as head coach of the Groen-Zwart. The Austrian set his side out in a 3-4-3. He brought back Somers on to play on the right flank. In the center there was a place for Charles Vanhoutte, at the expense of Hannes Van der Bruggen. He was given the captain's armband and took up his post alongside Da Silva Lopes. Up front, Deman and Denkey were asked to score the goals, had Hotic supplying the service.
The match was deadlocked for a long time by two teams who battled hard in midfield. Halfway through, Castro-Montes found Depoitre on the edge of the box. The striker turned and shot. He saw his attempt come off the far post but Majecki was first to an attempt by Cuypers.
Cercle closed the opening matchday of the 2022-2023 season with a trip to promoted side Westerlo. De Kemphanen have a lot of experience at home and could also count on an enthusiastic home crowd. Popovic received his second yellow card after half an hour and just before half-time, Daci opened the score for the hosts. It was an ideal scenario, and our Groen-Zwart had to chase the match after the break. The best chances came for the home team, who were making good use of the extra space. Just before full time, Vetokele would double the lead, making 2-0 the final score.