Friday, May 1, 2009

KSC Lokeren keeps hopes for Europe League alive defeating Clubbe Brugge

With Anderlecht and Standard de Liège running away from the rest of the table, the race in Belgium is for the all-important third and four spots which come with a Europa League berth. Holding down third place, Club Brugge missed a perfect chance to add insurance points in the final three weeks of the campaign as as they fell 3-2 to KSC Lokeren.

Aleksandar Janković's Lokeren side took the lead ten minutes in as Dawid Janczyk, on-loan from CSKA Moskva, was played in alone and lifted the ball above on rushing 'keeper Stijn Stijnen. After Club Brugge missed a number of high probability scoring chances the margin was doubled nine minutes later as Killian Overmeire received a long diagonal cross on the right side of the box and after bringing the ball down with control, pounded it into the back of the net. Club Brugge's chances for a recovery were further challenged as they were forced to play a man down on the hour as Jeroen Simaeys was shown his second yellow of the day. Nine minutes later KSC Lokeren KSC Lokeren had a commanding lead as Stijn de Wilde was played in alone and sent the ball over the 'keeper into the net. Jacky Mathijssen's side came roaring back with Joseph Akpala making it 3-1 with eighteen minutes left as he pounced on a loose ball in the box and drove the ball in from eleven metres. At the eightieth minute Mohamed Dahmane slipped his man and received a well weighted through ball down the left channel before driving the ball into the opposite corner. However the match concluded without further match and KSC Lokeren kept its slim hopes for European football alive