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Ghaly and Farag start as Egyptian-owned Lierse thrashed at Club Brugge
At Jan Breydel Stadion, Club Brugge secured the second place in the table with a big win over Lierse with 4 goals in an easy match for the hosts, despite the first-half ending with only a single goal.
Suspended Lierse head coach Stanley Menzo wasn’t able to help his side avoid yet another defeat as the Yellow and Blacks are desperately looking to improve their position in the table as they are currently 11th with five points: 1 win, 2 draws and 4 losses.
Club Brugge: Matthew Ryan – Thomas Meunier – Bjorn Engels – Brandon Mechele – Timmy Simons – J.Jorgensen – Odijidja Ofoe – Lior Rafaelov – Tom De Sutter – Lestienne.
Lierse: Nathan Goris – Ahmed Farag – Karim Saidi – Enar Jaager – W.Corstjens – Rachid Bourabia – Thomas Wils – Hossam Ghaly – Dolly Menga – Wanderson – J.Vercauteren.
Goals: 42 ‘Lestienne 1-0, 62’ Jorgensen 2-0, 70 ‘Bourabia 2-1, 80’ De Sutter 3-1, 90 ‘De Sutter 4-1
Lierse entered the game comfortably with Franco-Moroccan Rachid Bourabia beautifully combining with Vercauteren at the edge of 16-yard box, but the attack only ended up with a corner-kick.
Rafaelov started the action for Brugge. His first good shot resulted in a corner and he then found Maxime Lestienne to open the scoring on the 42nd minute.
Despite Club Brugge finishing the first-half leading with a goal, Lierse looked more dangerous and had the chance to find a surprise equaliser on three occasions before the break.
Lierse started the 2nd half with a great opportunity when 18-year old Belgian Wanderson shot the ball just off the far post.
The first real contribution from the Egyptians came when Ahmed Samir Farag provided excellent defensive cover to temporarily prevent a second goal for Brugge.
The 2nd goal was inevitable however, and Jorgensen doubled the lead for the hosts following some hassle over the free-kick.
Bourabia regenerated hope for Lierse when he pulled one back for the visitors 20 minutes from time following a corner.
Club Brugge escaped the possible scare as Tom De Sutter bagged a brace in the last 10 minutes to guarantee the Blauw-Zwart a fifth league win and maintained the second place in the table.
Hossam Ghaly, who scored his first goal for Egypt since 2007 last weekend, received a yellow card shortly after Lierse’s goal, and was eventually replaced by Benjamin Lambot.