A disaster evening for Zulte Waregem. Essevee went down 0-3 against a solid STVV. A very early goal from Bruno before half-time, a quick red card from Ramirez and early goals from Okazaki and Bruno after half-time resulted in the heavy verdict. Zulte Waregem loses for the sixth time in nine matches and is also the new red lantern.
After a tough calendar at the start of the season, Essevee dangled at the bottom of the standings after eight match days. At Essevee, however, they made sure that they could take more points against teams from their own weight class. Starting against STVV. Turned that out differently. Just about everything was against the canaries. The match hadn’t really started yet, but Zulte Waregem was already behind. After just 45 seconds, ex-Esseveeër Gianni Bruno put STVV on roses with a nice heel on a corner from Brüls. Although Bossut didn’t look too good at that stage either.
And it only became more painful for the ‘Proud Farmers’ from then on. Because although Essevee recovered quite well from the early sacrifice and at times combined much better than in recent weeks, it had to take another sacrifice after 18 minutes. Ramirez, who until then seemed to pose as the potential hub of Essevee, went into a duel with Frank Boya a little too bold and was inexorably shoved a red card under the nose by Brent Staessens. Zulte Waregem lay stretched out on the canvas.
Although Essevee sometimes stumbled straight and via Fadera and newcomer Ndour, who got his first base place, it tried to change the course for a while. Although the hope of something of a comeback was completely crushed after only 5 minutes in the second half. Essevee first got away well when Brüls aimed his attempt against the post, but before the clock indicated 50 minutes, it was still 0-2 for the Limburgers. Koita – who had already replaced Janssens on the half hour – fooled with Ciranni and found Okazaki with his cross. The cunning and experienced Japanese ruffed Lopez well and was able to work the ball in. And 0-2 also quickly became 0-3. Lopez stupidly and unnecessarily pushed Boya to the ground in the box and the ref logically pointed to the spot. Bruno was able to make his second of the evening from the spot. It makes the match even before the hour was completely in a decisive fold and the last half hour was a measure of nothing. For STVV, which still had a few chances, it was enough, while Zulte Waregem was completely beaten. After all, this was not a defeat on points, but one after an obvious knockout. In addition, the red lantern also moves after Cercle .’s victory
Due to the draw of Cercle Brugge against KV Oostende, the red lantern also moves to Waregem. Anything but ideal, just before the international break.
Zulte Waregem: Bossut, Tsouka, Tambedou, Lopez (59′ Derijck), Ciranni (59′ Miroshi), Rommens (65′ Vigen), Sissako, Drambaiev, Ramirez, Ndour (59′ Offor), Fadera (65′ Vossen)
STVV: Schmidt, Al-Dakhil, Leistner, Bauer, Hashioka, Konaté, Brüls, Boya, Janssens (29′ Koita), Bruno, Okazaki
Goals: 1′ Bruno (Brüls) 0-1, 50′ Okazaki (Koita) 0-2, 58′ Bruno (penalty kick)
Yellow cards: 8′ Janssens, 29′ Bruno, 47′ Okazaki, 91′ Ofor
Red cards: 18’ Ramirez
Referee: Brent Staessens