Zulte Waregem records on the field of great rival KV Kortrijk first win since opening match day

Zulte Waregem records on the field of great rival KV Kortrijk first win since opening match day

Zulte Waregem is still alive. Precisely in the derby visiting Kortrijk, Mbaye Leye’s team recorded its first victory since July 23. At the hour, however, Essevee was in despair. Opportunity after opportunity was missed. Home team Kortrijk certainly could not convince, but took the lead after an own goal by Willen. On character and commitment, the visitors fought their way through Tambedou after the break and when Offor and Gano also scored, the first three-pointer since the opening day of play was a fact. In the meantime, it is also becoming very exciting for Kortrijk, at the bottom of the ranking.

Leye intervened considerably before the start of the derby. The heavy 2-5 home defeat against OH Leuven claimed some striking victims. Bossut started on the bench in favor of Bostyn . Tambedou returned to the starting team after injury, while Ciranni, Vigen and Miroshi also appeared at the kick-off, the latter even started as a left back. Lost son Gano got a spot on the couch.

Tsouka, Ndour, Ramirez and Sissako lost their starting place, Drambaiev was absent due to an injury in the match selection. With the home team, coach Custovic had fewer kittens to flog. Radovanovic was out due to injury. In his place, Dessoleil started at the heart of the home defense.

Intense start

The match started very intense and after just four minutes ref Put had already handed out a yellow card to both Vigen and Watanabe. Moments later, Bostyn also had to work hard on a tight header from Avenatti, who saw his attempt via Bostyn hit the post. Immediately a first warning from the home team, who also clearly claimed the initiative and possession. (Read more below the photo)

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On the other side, Ilic also had his hands full with a cunning attempt at Vossen. The best opportunity in the opening quarter was even for Fadera: Vossen headed a corner to the far post, but the Gambian missed incomprehensibly for an open goal. The visitors took courage from those two chances. The home side seemed out of breath for a moment and breathed a sigh of relief when Tambedou headed the ball straight into Ilic’s hands.

But as is often the case this season, the defense of Zulte Waregem turned out to be too easy to outwit. D’Haene put in a good cross from the left and Willen headed the ball straight into his own goal. And a hard kick for the visitors who may have enthusiasm and commitment for sale but time and again do not give in to the zones of truth.

That became painfully clear a little after half an hour: Vossen put Fadera in position but his attempt was turned away by Watanabe, in the restart the ball landed in Offor’s feet but his attempt was blown high over. Despair visibly gripped Essevee. Vossen’s attempt, a classic dropout, betrayed both despair and frustration.

Tambedou and Offor bring redemption to Essevee

Immediately after the break, the visitors who came out of the dressing room unchanged, decorated a dot of an opportunity. A corner by Rommens ended up at Derijck but Ilic stood firm and boxed the ball out of his goal. The home team also had to deal with a major setback: Selemani, who needed care shortly before the break, was unable to continue and was replaced by Messaoudi.

Essevee, meanwhile, continued to spill with the chances: Vigen hit the crossbar. Kortrijk really didn’t do anything in the fourth quarter. Violations and injury treatments also ensured that the pace dropped enormously. The visitors went in despair in search of that equalizer, but Offor missed again on Ciranni’s pass. Moments later, it was a corner kick: after Ilic made a save on a lovely heel by Vossen, Tambedou got too much space in the second zone and the Senegalese kicked the ball hard against the nets. And a few minutes later it was even 1-2: Rommens delivered a great corner that was converted into the goal by Offor. (Read more below the photo)

Zulte Waregem records on the field of great rival KV Kortrijk first win since opening match day

Photo: BELGA

Kortrijk had to respond now. Mbayo made an eager substitute and on a cross from the wing attacker, Messaoudi headed the ball into Bostyn’s hands. Leye brought in Gano in the final minutes for the tired Offor. And when Sych, rather unhappily, kicked Fadera, Put pointed resolutely to the dot. A confident Gano claimed the ball and left Ilic without a chance: 1-3 and thus closed the match. The home team reacted as if stung by a wasp when a falling Derijck seemed to hit the ball with his hand in his own sixteen, but Put did not award a penalty. Essevee didn’t mind and pocketed the deserved three points.

Line-up KV Kortrijk: Ilic, Watanabe, Sych, Selemani (50′ Messaoudi), Keita, Avenatti (66′ Gueye), Lamkel Ze, Sunset, D’Haene, Tanaka, Henen (66′ Mbayo)

Line-up SV Zulte Waregem: Bostyn, Tambedou (69′ Sormo), Derijck, Willen, Ciranni, Vigen (78′ Sissako), Novatus, Rommens, Fadera, Vossen (78′ Ndour), Offor (84′ Gano)

Goals: 25′ Willen (own goal) 1-0, 60′ Tambedou 1-1, 65′ Offor 1-2, 87′ Gano 1-3

Yellow cards: 4′ Vigen, 5′ Watanabe, 23′ Sunset, 27′ Vossen, 74′ Novatus, 79′ Fadera, 88′ River, 88′ Lamkel Ze

Red cards: /

Referee: Bert Put

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