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Ugbo and Denkey bring home 3 points against Le Canonnier

Matchday 27 promised to be a big occasion for the Groen-Zwart, who went away to Mouscron. With a win for Cercle, both teams finished the match on the same number of points and Cercle moved ahead of Waasland Beveren, who were to play Charleroi later in the evening. Ugbo headed home after 13 minutes, and that remained the score for a long time. Denkey made it 0-2 close to full time, but Lepoint was able to make the end of the match nervy with a consolation goal.

Coach Yves Vanderhaeghe had seen his side perform well against Anderlecht, and he gave his confidence to the team who had started that match; the Groen-Zwart started with an unchanged team.

It was clear from the start that every duel would be closely fought on a bumpy pitch in Mouscron. The home team started with the upper hand, but it was the Groen-Zwart who took the lead after 13 minutes. Koffi did not clear a corner kick properly and Bates headed the ball off the crossbar. On the rebound, Ugbo was quick to pounce, and gave Cercle the lead.

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With that, Cercle were immediately in the game, but the level of intensity was hardly quick to drop off. Further chances did not come until the half hour. Hotic found space between the lines and spotted a gap in Mouscron's defense. He played in Ugbo for a one-on-one with Koffi, but the striker saw his attempt hit the post and end up in the arms of the Mouscron goalkeeper.

Mouscron were quick to look for and equalizer after the break and went full bore on the attack. Da Costa soon found Xadas who was able to trouble Didillon from a sharp angle, but the 'keeper made a clever block with his leg to preserve the clean sheet.

Mouscron kept coming and Vanderhaeghe brought on Van der Bruggen for Deman on the hour to restore the balance in midfield. With a bit more solidity, the Groen-Zwart were able to catch the home team out a bit further from their own goal. For a long while, though, there was little in the way of opportunities until 12 minutes before time, when Ciranni delivered a free kick. The ball came off Onana's head, but Didillon was again ready to keep his side in the lead.

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After Denkey had come on for Ugbo earlier, Somers and Musaba also made their appearances from the bench. Just before the end of the ninety minutes, there was a good break from Cercle. Denkey got forward on the ball with two men in front of him. Somers also got forward in support, but the striker beat his marker on his own and with a shot across goal made it 0-2.

That seemed like the goal that would guarantee the result but a minute later Lepoint ran perfectly onto a low cross to make it 1-2 from close range.

The score remained the same to the end, but at the back, Cercle had been very solidly defending the entire match, and gave nothing away, sealing what was an important result for Vanderhaeghe's troops.

Cercle: Didillon - Marcelin, Bates, Pavlovic - Biancone, Da Silva Lopes, Vitinho, Hoggas (84 'Somers), Hotic (84' Musaba) - Deman (62 'Van der Bruggen) and Ugbo (76' Denkey)

Mouscron: Koffi, Agouzoul, Hocko (76 'Gnohéré), Onana, Bakic, Mohamed, Ciranni (88' Olinga), Da Costa Joia, Xadas (72 'Faraj), Lepoint and Tabekou

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