After five match days, SV Zulte Waregem is already in the threatened zone where it camped the entire time last season. An early goal by Fadera gave the farmers hope, but Heymans before half-time and especially the visiting substitutes turned the game upside down. It became 1-3 at the Gaverbeek. A smart Charleroi dives back into the top six with 9 points.
Red cap, beige t-shirt, black pants and yellow sneakers. Mbaye Leye dares when it comes to clothing. The Senegalese is now training the farmers, but the new Essevee coach will remain a fashion icon when he returns. Fortunately, he also dares to let his team play football. This Essevee is no longer the fearsome bunch of recent years. As a former attacker, Leye thinks ahead but he also handles it well tactically. Leye assumes a 4-3-3 but he lets his attackers switch sides quickly. In midfield he opts for an inverted triangle with Nicolas Rommens, who was taken over from RWDM, on the point. De Kempenzoon is the perfect man for that, he is also remarkably low where he is always playable.
In this way, the farmers also made a dream start. We hadn’t gone four minutes when Rommens launched Ciranni, the right-back made some yards on his flank and Alieu Fadera picked the right direction and made enough speed to leave his assailants behind and didn’t give Koffi a chance. Charleroi was taken cold and the Carolingers playing in fluorescent yellow were unable to react immediately.
Edward Still left good people on the bench with Mbenza, Badji, Kayembe, Marcq, Morioka and Zaroury and coupled Gholizadeh to Benbouali in the front. It did not pose much danger, but in the last fifteen minutes of the first half, the visitors came closer to Bossut, who not without difficulty hit a free kick from Zorgane into a corner with the flat hand.
For Essevee it was a stay of execution because the next time it was right. The Ukrainian Drambaiev let himself be grabbed in the back by Nkuba and Daan Heymans headed in the not undeserved equalizer. Heymans had a taste for it because a minute later he tried again but his shot now flew over the bar. On the other side, Miroshi squeezed another long shot, but it remained 1-1. A logical standings after 45 minutes of good will but little panache on either side.
Substitutes make the difference
Both coaches chose the same 22 after the break. Essevee’s eleven started best with Ciranni again in a leading role, just like in the first half, but Koffi, for the occasion in fluorescent orange, threw all his weight into the bowl and blocked the shot. Just before the hour, Leye thought the time was right to intervene. He brought in Tsouka and young Willen and decided to play with three men in the back. Right back Ciranni went off and left back Drambaiev went up a row. Still reacted and sacrificed the weak Benbouali for Youssuf Badji.
A little later, Leye also thought it was the right moment to give Stan Braem some minutes instead of Jelle Vossen. You know, Braem is the striker who was picked in the lower amateur series where he scored a lot. However, the Jupiler Pro Legaue is different and it must also be said that Braem, like Vossen, was not really put into position. The fear of not losing had crept into both camps in the meantime. That was especially bad for the home team. Edward Still had more luck with his bills. Sammy Bossut stopped on the cross of substitute Mbenza and that other substitute, Kayembe, was able to head in unhindered at the far post.
And it got even worse for Essevee. There was a lot of space and on a pass from Morioka, Zaroury, still active in Waregem in the past, was able to put the 1-3 on the board. The substitutes thus helped Charleroi to the victory, because both the assists and the goals in the 1-2 and 1-3 came from the foot of substitutes. A good thing for Charleroi, which again dives into the top 6, Waregem remains at the bottom with 4 points and will play a six-point game against Cercle next week.
Zulte Waregem line-up: Bosses; Ciranni (57′ Tsouka), Tambedou, Lopez, Drambaiev; Sissako, Rommens, Miroshi; Ramirez (57′ Willen), Vossen, Fadera (80′ Fadera)
Charleroi line-up: Coffee; Bager, Andreou, Bessilé; Nkuba, Ilaimaharitra (80′ Morioka), Zorgane, Tchatchoua (71′ Kayembe), Heymans (80′ Zaroury); Gholizadeh (71′ Mbenza), Benbouali (61′ Badji)
Goals: 5′ Fadera (Ciranni) 1-0, 36′ Heymans (Nkuba) 1-1, 84′ Kayembe (Mbenza) 1-2, 90′ Zaroury (Morioka) 1-3
Yellow cards: 67′ Lopez (error), 90′ Sissako (error)
Red cards: no
Referee: Eric Lambrechts