It was a match that seemed destined to end as it started, but turned at the death for the visitors. Camargo struck in the 87th minute, leaving Cercle with another home defeat and a feeling of frustration.
Yves Vanderhaeghe opted for a 4-3-3 formation in his debut as head coach for Cercle. With Cercle having made an appeal, Marcelin was able to play as usual, despite his red card in the cup match against OH Leuven. He started in central defence alongside Taravel the captain. On the left, Corryn and Somers wre in the eleven, while Dino Hotic was to try to create openings as a number ten.
The visitors started best, with Didillon called into action on a low shot from Hairemans in the first minute of play. In the first part of the first half, possession also remained mostly in the hands of the visitors, although it was almost half an hour before Didillon had to make another save, on a header by De Camargo.
In the meantime, Cercle could have opened the scoring three times in a short stretch. Hotic pressed Peyre into losing the ball in his own box, but played the ball out to Somers, who could not get past Thoelen. Then Musaba had a shot a few minutes later, offering the visitors more trouble, before Taravel's header after Cercle's first corner kick flashed over the bar.
After that bit of liveliness, very little happened for both sides until after half time, with both showing good organization, leaving both Didillon and Thoelen with little to do.
The two sides came out unchanged at half time, but Cercle would start off best. After a lengthy spell of build up play, Dino Hotic found enough space on the edge of the area for a shot, but saw it go a meter over. On a free kick that followed a few minutes later, Dino should have done better than to kick the ball into the Mechelen wall. After De Camargo had headed over from a corner, the best opportunity of the match came for Cercle. On a good bit of skill and a cross from Musaba, Thibo Somers's well-hit shot fizzed just wide of Thoelen's goal. Vanlerberghe's shot then called Didillon into punching clear, but after that the danger had hardly passed, as the physical strength of the visitors began to tell -- Didillon was barely able to parry a powerful effort from Kaboré.
Denkey came on for Ugbo fifteen minutes before time and the substitute immediately showed his ability with a through ball for Somers. However, Thibo's shot did not trouble Thoelen. Hoggas, who had also come on, headed straight at Thoelen at the far post. A fair draw seemed to be the logical result, but then the visitors struck at the last. Storm played in De Camargo, who seemed to foul Didillon. The line judge's flag immediately went up, but the goal was awarded after viewing a replay. There was hardly any time left to respond and Cercle ended the match having lost at home again.
Cercle: Didillon – Vitinho, Marcelin, Taravel, Corryn – Vanhoutte (90’ Kanouté), Van Der Bruggen, Hotic (83’ Hoggas) – Musaba, Ugbo (73’ Denkey), Somers (90’ Deman)
KV Mechelen: Thoelen – Kaboré, Peyre, Vanlerberghe, Bijker – Van Damme, Shved (76’ Druijf), Schoofs, Hairemans (91’ Vranckx) – Mrabti (65’ Storm), De Camargo