Club Brugge crawls through the smallest hole to the Champions’ Play-Offs. It turned an incredibly weak Eupen (7-0) through the meat grinder and saw how KV Oostende simultaneously created a miracle in the Ghelamco Arena. Shortly before the whistle, a hurricane of cheer rose in Jan Breydel, probably audible as far as Ghent.
It rained on Jan Breydel. goals. Club Brugge no longer had a participation in the Champions’ Play-Offs in its own hands, but that did not prevent De Mil’s team from continuing the line of recent weeks. Eupen fell victim to service. The Pandas themselves were not yet sure of keeping it – the result in the Rainbow Stadium was crucial. But since Cercle Brugge quickly played to a double lead against Zulte Waregem, Eupen could wallow in resignation. That would later give them clenched buttocks.
With one eye on Ghent
Eupen was the plaything of a very strong Club Brugge on Sunday. At half time it was no less than 4-0, with 71 percent possession for the home team. Shooting exercises on Jan Breydel. Vanaken first hit the crossbar, but halfway through the first half Rits opened the bill for Club. A free kick on the edge of the box disappeared beautifully into the square. Blue and black was loose. On the half hour, Lang masterfully served Jutgla, who scored dry as a bone (2-0), five minutes later Vanaken hit it with his head (3-0). The best action was yet to come. Skov Olsen swerved past some Pandas and was able to put back on Lang, who scored with a lucky shot (4-0). Club was quickly done with Eupen. Now let’s wait and see what it became in the Ghelamco Arena, where Ghent struggled with the last convulsions of KV Oostende. There it was still 0-0 at half time, so Club could gradually start hoping for a miracle.
What no one thought possible happened around minute 50. Suddenly a hurricane of cheers rose from the stands. KVO ahead in Ghent, Club virtually in the Champions’ Play-Offs. The players got it too. Keep cups, said Rits to his teammates. Thousands of fans suddenly tapped on their smartphones, took in the AA Gent match. And sang their throats hoarse. But in the meantime, Club also had a party on the field. Eupen ran everywhere and nowhere, making it a kind of training game. Rits popped in his second from the edge of the sixteen, Jutgla also scored a second time after a nice assist from young Sabbe. Meanwhile, Sandra, Nusa and Talbi were also allowed to participate.
The minutes ticked away, and fifteen minutes before the end it became a lot quieter again on Jan Breydel. Ghent had scored the equalizer. 6-0, and yet a palpable tension in the stadium: that doesn’t happen often. Redemption followed just before the end: 1-2 for KV Oostende, the stadium turned upside down. Lang and co jumped off the couch and celebrated. What was still happening between the lines was really secondary. Jutgla celebrated in his own way: he scored his third, his first hat-trick for Club. Seven against zero. Club through the smallest hole to the Champions’ Play-Offs, a scenario they really had not taken into account.