Brugge concede second defeat of the season to Mechelen ahead of decisive Champions League clash against Leipzig


FC Mechelen won the clash between third and fourth in D1A on Friday evening in the opening match of the 15th day of the championship. Led in the 51st minute of play via a goal from Bas Dost, the Malinois recovered to the score by Hugo Cuypers in the 65th, before Rob Schoofs offered three points to his team with twelve minutes from the end. Thanks to this victory, with 26 points, the Malinois returned to a length of their opponent of the day who conceded their second loss in the league. Union Sain-Gilloise (31) and Antwerp (27) have the opportunity to take the lead in the standings after their match in Ostend and Sint-Truiden on Sunday afternoon.

The Malinois started the meeting with a bang with a goal canceled logically for offside in the 3rd minute or with a counter-attack punctuated by a distant strike from Geoffrey Hairemans without danger for Mignolet (9th).

Mignolet still intervened at close range after a Malinois corner which returned to the feet of Souza who resumed in the small rectangle on the Brugeois goalkeeper (35th).

The Blauw and Zwart responded immediately. On the counter-attack Vormer recovered the ball and hit from afar, forcing the goalkeeper to intervene for the first time before working again on the recovery of the header from Bas Dost (36 ‘). The reigning champions finally put their nose to the window in this first half indigent on their part.

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The Brugeois finished better this first act and created two opportunities by Vormer (43rd) and Dost (45th), without worrying the porter of the Sang et Or.

Returning from the locker room with better arrangements and three new players on the field, Philippe Clément’s players opened the scoring after six minutes. Following a cross, Vanaken, lonely in the small rectangle, took back the ball which was rejected by the keeper. The leather returned to the feet of Bas Dost in the right place to give the Bruges advance (51st, 0-1).

In the 65th minute, Hugo Cuypers, well launched in the back of a badly aligned Bruges defense, did not tremble during his face-to-face with Simon Mignolet. He fired a cross shot that left no chance for the former Liverpool goalkeeper (1-1).

Thirteen minutes later, the Sang et Ors took the lead with a superb lob from Rob Schoofs. Placed outside the rectangle, the captain tried his luck and overcame a Simon Mignolet with a less firm hand than usual (1-2).

Brugge lost after leading and preparing in the worst possible way for their decisive Champions League match against Leipzig on Wednesday.

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