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Charleroi had no mercy on Cercle in the initial phase and immediately took the lead via Morioka and Bessilé. Cercle showed resilience, but were only able to do so after the break, thanks to
some good attacking moves that really packed a punch. Charleroi were pushed back, but not for the first time this season, Cercle lacked a clinical touch. They would pull a ball back late on via Daland, but it came too late to score another, or to save a point.
After a great performance away to Racing Genk, Yves Vanderhaeghe obviously saw no reasons
to change his starting eleven. However, the contrast with the match at Genk was unexpectedly stark
in the beginning and the visitors immediately punished Cercle's passive start. After four minutes,
Morioka easily dribbled into the box, beating Didillon with a low shot. Already in the lead, in the 8th minute Charleroi made it 0-2: after a deflected free kick the ball landed in front of the goal and there
Knezevic and Bessilé combined easily. Didillon again had no chance on the shot and Charleroi were now playing their football firmly in control.
Cercle had a few chance through individual play, but Charleroi kept the Groen-Zwart at bay without any problems. Indeed, through Zorgane, the Carolos were even close to, just before half-time, a
With a double change (Deman and Velkovsky for Millàn and Miangue) and a different mentality
Cercle started the chase, beginning the second half in good spirits. Hotic, in the
opening minute of the half, would miss a huge opportunity. Deman tried as well, with a long shot.
Hotic fired a free kick over and wide before being subbed off for Denkey. The Togolese striker almost made a difference immediately, with a long shot and then came close to a goal with two headers. Koffi made a nice save on the first header and saw the second flash centimeters wide, while in between, Gholizadeh hit the post on a rare counterattack.
Attempts by Rubio and Deman lacked conviction and it took (too) long for a goal to come. Daland nodded home in the 89th minute, but in stoppage time, Cercle's football was too chaotic to be able to get any more from their opponents. Cercle continues to look for a first home win of the season, and will soon have another chance, when KV Mechelen comes to visit next week.
Cercle: Didillon, Vitinho, Daland, Sousa, Miangue (Velkovski 46'), Van Der Bruggen (Utkus 73'), Lopes Da Silva, Hotic (Denkey 63'), Matondo (Waldo 73'), Millàn (Deman 46') and Somers
Charleroi: Koffi, Tchatchoua (Benchaib 75'), Andreou, Knezevic, Bessilé, Kayembe,
Ilaimaharaitra, Morioka, Gholizadeh (Gillet 87'), Zorgane (Zaroury 87'), Descotte (Nicholson 54')