Club Brugge has recovered from the pandoering against Porto in the Champions League. KV Oostende was the child of the bill, although the coastal team also made the national champion doubt after the 2-2 equalizer. Just like against Porto, Club Brugge again missed two penalties, which means that the penalty kick is now really lurking around the corner.
Club Brugge – KV Oostende in a nutshell:
- Pineut of the Match: No MVP, but a striking schlemiel in this match. Dedryck Boyata made two serious mistakes and single-handedly brought KVO back into the game. To make matters worse, the Red Devil was also whistled by the home crowd. What would Roberto Martinez think after this match?
- Key moment: After Hornby’s 2-2, KVO again fully believes in his chances. Club loses its grip on the game, until referee Staessens points to the spot again and Nielsen can push in his penalty in the restart.
- Penalty kick problem? Club Brugge seems to be struggling with a penalty problem after all. Just like against Porto, the national champion missed two penalties again today. In total, blue-black has already missed more than half of his eleven meters this season.
National champion in saving mode towards double bonus
Anyone expecting a blitz start from Club Brugge after the European uproar against Porto was disappointed. The national champion played the ball leisurely in the opening phase and never really showed the intention to play the compact KVO block out of context.
However, the home side suddenly took the lead 10 minutes before half-time. Katelaris got out childishly at Vanaken, leaving a sea of space behind. The Club captain took full advantage and controlled the 1-0 past a grabbing Phillips.
KVO threw its game plan completely overboard and it paid off almost immediately. Mignolet had to work hard to keep Hornby’s neck blow out of his target. A crucial save as it turned out, because a few moments later Jutgla pushed the 2-0 hard against the ropes after a mistake by Capon.
Jutgla scored, but also missed a penalty.
Blundering Boyata and 2 missed penalties don’t keep Club from winning
Shortly after the break, the game seemed all over when the home side were awarded a penalty after a pushing foul on Nusa. Jutgla pushed behind the ball, but aimed faintly into Phillips’ hands.
To make matters worse, Boyata’s lights went out twice. The Belgian first single-handedly put Hornby on his way to 2-1, after which a rash penalty error brought KVO into the game all over again.
Yet Club was allowed to breathe again fifteen minutes before the end (or just not?) when the ball hit the spot again. Phillips also took Nielsen’s penalty, but the Dane still scored 3-2 in the reprise. An own goal by Katelaris eventually pushed KVO completely under.
Club Brugge is recovering after the heavy uproar in the Champions League, but is left with one big question: Who the hell will take the next penalty?
In addition to the missed penalties, a blundering Boyata also raised some questions about Club Brugge’s victory.
Hoefkens: “From now on, we will kick 10 penalties every day”
Carl Hoefkens (coach Club Brugge): “In the second half we found the spaces even better than in the first half and then the penalty comes. We expect to finally score another penalty, but then we miss again,” said Carl Hoefkens after the game.
“Not much later we concede the goal due to an individual error. Then we concede the 2-2 and at that moment I expected a reaction. Today we saw that will to rectify the situation after a setback, together with the audience.”
“I was surprised that Boyata was whistled by the public. I am very satisfied with how Dedryck is in the group and how he shares his experience. He has also fought back after his injury. It is not all that easy of course. But after During the match it was also nice to see how the Club fans immediately supported him again, that is typical of Club Brugge”, Hoefkens looked back with satisfaction.
“From now on we will definitely train on penalties, 10 every day,” the trainer responded with a quip on this week’s penalty misses. “It’s really bizarre, because we have very good football players. But penalties are something else.”
Vanderhaeghe: “Feeling that more was possible here”
Yves Vanderhaeghe (coach KV Oostende): “I am now standing here with the feeling that perhaps something more was possible. In the first half we had a good organization, but then suddenly there is that flash from Vanaken. In the second half we have to put a little more pressure and make Club Brugge made some serious mistakes, which brought us back to 2-2. It’s a shame we can no longer hold on to that score because of that penalty. It’s a shot ball, but that’s certainly the rules these days. Now comes a crucial game against Kortrijk next week.”