The first Saturday match in the Jupiler Pro League yielded no goals. RWDM and Sporting Charleroi could only charm with moments, but neither team shook the net (in a valid way). Both teams remain stuck in the right column.
Before the start of this RWDM-Charleroi, eyes were mainly focused on Makhtar Gueye. First of all, of course, because of his role in the first leg – you know, the deliberate red card after the mistaken identity with Pathé Mboup. But also because the Senegalese has been showing his teeth less than before for a few weeks. In Sint-Jans-Molenbeek they are certainly looking forward to seeing Gueye play football together with Mickaël Biron again. That is not possible yet. In the competition selection for the first time in a long time: Florian Le Joncour.
Cláudio Caçapa made two changes compared to Anderlecht: Luis Segovia moved to midfield to replace the suspended Ilay Camara, Youssouf Koné came on for William Klaus. Felice Mazzu rewarded Daan Heymans and Oday Dabbagh, who both scored as substitutes against Westerlo. Parfait Guiagon and Antoine Bernier were the victims.
Sporting Charleroi provided the first excitement in the Edmond Machtens Stadium: after ten minutes, Adem Zorgane set up his compatriot Nadhir Benbouali to make it 0-1, but the goal was disallowed. That was a bit of a shock for RWDM, because it was very easy. After twenty minutes, a technical feat by Koné inspired the Molenbeek residents to puzzle, but it yielded nothing concrete.
A little later Charleroi also tried to put something together. That was not really concrete, although the visitors did come closer to Defourny than the Molenbeek residents did to Hervé Koffi. It perfectly reflects the first half, which was anything but exciting. Just when RWDM came a little closer to Koffi’s goal in stocking feet, Gueye dug in. However, the Senegalese deviated a little too much to the left during his run forward, which ultimately forced him to shoot a weak shot on goal.
Points for the effort
We can discuss the moral winner of the first half: both teams had their moments, but in the end it was all too little. The strongest team of the opening quarter of the second half was clearly Charleroi. Dabbagh forced Defourny to make a good save with his feet after five minutes. It made us realize that we actually saw very little of the RWDM goalie at work in the first half.
Dabbagh’s attempt was the start of a strong period for Charleroi. Dabbagh crossed for Benbouali, again there was Defourny. Daan Heymans also tried a few times, both from close up and from far away. Just before the double substitution Mboup-Del Piage, RWDM also came up with an excellent attempt: Xavier Mercier was well served by Gueye, but cut a little too much and decided too weakly on Koffi, just like Gueye before half-time.
There continued to be jabs from both sides, but it became increasingly clear that a possible denouement of this match would only come at the end. Felice Mazzu added Youssuf Sylla, Ryota Morioka and Isaac Mbenza in the final fifteen minutes. They still caused some danger, but the score remained unchanged. Each lost two points, and RWDM also saw Pierre Dwomoh leave with an injury. Although, two points lost… A point each for the effort is a better summary of this match.
RWDM: Defourny, Kone, Sissako, Heris (87′ Doudaev), Abner, Abe (66′ Mboup), Dwomoh (87′ Gece), Segovia, Queen-Adelaide (Del Piage 66′), Mercier, Gueye
Charleroi: Koffi, Knezevic, Andreou, Bager, Dragsnes, Heymans (78′ Morioka), Zorgane, Ilaimaharitra, Rogelj, Benbouali (78′ Sylla), Dabbagh (82′ Mbenza)
Yellow: 69′ Heymans, 85′ Price