KV Kortrijk takes away three expensive points from Charleroi. After a good second half for KVK, the match ended in a draw. The home fans were not treated to a win against KV Kortrijk after a lot of protest against Mehdi Bayat during the match. De Veekaa fell through the ice in the first half, but recovered the score deep into the game via the head of substitute Avenatti.
At first it seemed as if the game was being played behind closed doors. The KVK fans sent their cat to a move towards Mambourg out of dissatisfaction to the midweek match and some of the Charleroi supporters only entered the stadium in the twelfth minute. The policy of Mehdi Bayat, which started at Charleroi since 2012, was the reason for their protest. During the competition, the strong man of the zebras was treated to chants several times.
Twice expensive loss of the ball
Edward Still’s men were triggered by the action of their home supporters. Heymans and Mbenza created the first chances of the match during the protest, but they could not alarm goalkeeper Ilic. When the fans returned to the stadium, they saw Hosseinzadeh miss the chance to make the 1-0. The Iranian forgot to punish a miss by KV Kortrijk defender Silva. The Portuguese replaced an ailing Dessoleil, but he left no lasting impression. (Read more below the photo)
Red & White tried to restore the balance in the match, but there were no chances. Charleroi struggled again and scored the 1-0 through Heymans’ foot. Deserved lead for the Carolo’s after Lamkel Zé took the ball badly. Moments later, another loss of ball in the Kortrijk midfield: 2-0. Ilaimaharitra took advantage and placed the ball in the corner far out of Ilic’s reach.
Avenatti causes ecstasy
It seemed a walk in the park to be for Charleroi. Without getting into trouble and going into halftime with a comfortable lead: the perfect scenario for a resounding home win. However, KV Kortrijk did not go along with that story. It got off to a good start in the second half. Goalkeeper Patron had to work hard on attempts by Keita and D’Haene. In the end he had to give in to a shot by Gueye. The Senegalese worked the ball up close against the ropes on a cross from Lamkel Zé. The game was revived. (Read more below the photo)
The momentum seemed to have gone for KV Kortrijk, but out of nowhere Mbayo hit the post and a few minutes later Avenatti nodded the equalizer on a cross from D’Haene. That was the last straw for the home supporters. They had been protesting the entire game and threw pyrotechnic material on the field after the 2-2. The game resumed ten minutes later, but both teams were unable to score. They both don’t get along much with a point, but for KV Kortrijk this will feel like a victory.
Charleroi line-up: Patron, Bager, Andreou, Bessile, Tchatchoua, Kayembe, Morioka, Ilaimaharitra (86′ Wasinski), Heymans (86′ Marcq), Mbenza (68′ Benbouali), Hosseinzadeh (72′ Gholizadeh).
Line-up KV Kortrijk: Ilic, D’Haene, Watanabe, Silva, Sych, Vandendriessche (86′ Henen), Keita, Tanaka (79′ Benchaib), Lamkel Ze, Messaoudi (68′ Avenatti), Gueye (79′ Mbayo)
Goals: 27′ Heymans (Mbenza) 1-0, 42′ Ilaimaharitra (Hosseinzadeh), 52′ Gueye (Lamkel Ze), 88′ Avenatti (D’Haene)
Yellow cards: 38′ Morioka (foul), 41′ Silva (foul), 67′ Ilaimaharitra (foul), 72′ Kayembe (foul)
Red cards: /
Referee: Brent Staessens