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Pro League: Sporting Charleroi recovers a 0-1 deficit to top Cercle Brugge 2-1

CHARLEROI. Sporting Charleroi was able to turn the table against Cercle Brugge to win 2-1.

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CHARLEROI. Sporting Charleroi was capable to turn the table against Cercle Brugge to win 2-1. It was Cercle Brugge to strike first with a goal of Charles Vanhoutte at the 27′. Then it was a goal in the 44′ minute to make things even for 1-1. Eventually, A. Hosseinzadeh gave the win to Sporting Charleroi in the 51′ minute with a goal. Sporting Charleroi took advantage of its superior ball possession (58%).

The match was played at the Stade du Pays de Charleroi stadium in Charleroi on Sunday and it started at 9:00 pm local time. The referee was Arthur Denil with the collaboration of Florian Lemaire and Quentin Blaise. The 4th official was Laurent Willems. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was quite cold around 5.2 degrees Celsius or 41.43 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 79%.​

Match Statistics

Sporting Charleroi was in firm control of the ball 58% while Cercle Brugge was struggling with a 42% ball possession.

Sporting Charleroi was more aggressive with 58 dangerous attacks and 11 shots of which 6 were on target. Which is one of the reasons Sporting Charleroi won the match.

Sporting Charleroi shot 11 times, 6 on target, 5 off target. Talking about the opposition, Cercle Brugge shot 14 times, 5 on target, 9 off target.


No yellow cards were issued to Sporting Charleroi. On the opposite side, Cercle Brugge received 2 yellow cards (Charles Vanhoutte and Y. Badji).

After playing this encounter, Sporting Charleroi will have 22 points like Mechelen to stay in the 12th place. On the opposite side, Cercle Brugge will stay with 26 points to stay in the 10th place.

Match Events

  • 27'

    Charles Vanhoutte

  • 44'

    Isaac Mbenza

  • 46'

    A. Hosseinzadeh

    Ali Gholizadeh

  • 51'

    A. Hosseinzadeh

    Isaac Mbenza

  • 71'

    Abu Francis

    Dino Hotic

  • 72'

    Y. Badji

    Daan Heymans

  • 72'

    Yann Gboho

    Leonardo Lopes

  • 79'

    A. Descotte

    Isaac Mbenza

  • 87'

    Charles Vanhoutte

  • 88'

    Jean Marcelin

    Charles Vanhoutte

  • 88'

    Jackson Tchatchoua

    K. Nkuba

  • 90'

    Y. Badji

Next match

In the upcoming Pro League match, Sporting Charleroi will play away with Gent on the 19th of January with a 18-13 head to head record in favor of Gent (10 draws).

Cercle Brugge will host Union Saint-Gilloise on the 18th of January with a 5-0 head to head stats in favor of Union Saint-Gilloise (0 draws).

Sporting Charleroi: Formation and Lineups

Sporting Charleroi started with a 5-3-2 line-up (5-3-2).

The manager Felice Mazzù chose to play with the following team: Hervé Koffi (6.6), Ken Nkuba (6.7), Jonas Bager (6.2), Damien Marcq (7.0), Mehdi Boukamir (6.4), Joris Kayembe Ditu (6.8), Daan Heymans (6.8), Adem Zorgane (7.1), Marco Ilaimaharitra (7.1), Ali Gholizadeh (6.4) and Isaac Mbenza (8.2).


Sporting Charleroi made 4 changes: Ali Gholizadeh for A. Hosseinzadeh (46′), Daan Heymans for Y. Badji (71′), Isaac Mbenza for A. Descotte (79′) and K. Nkuba for Jackson Tchatchoua (88′).

Top player: Isaac Mbenza

The player who no doubt impressed Sporting Charleroi the most was Isaac Mbenza.

His rating is (8.2) with 1 goal, 14 passes (57% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 2 duels out of 6. He performed 4 crosses.

Cercle Brugge: Formation and Lineups

Cercle Brugge started with a 3-4-1-2 line-up (3-4-1-2).

On the opposite side, Miron Muslić played with: Radosław Majecki (7.1), Boris Popović (7.0), Jesper Daland (6.3), Senna Miangue (6.7), Thibo Somers (6.8), Leonardo Lopes (6.6), Charles Vanhoutte (8.0), Olivier Deman (7.3), Dino Hotić (7.3), Ayase Ueda (6.7) and Kévin Denkey (6.4).


Cercle Brugge made 3 changes: Dino Hotic for Abu Francis (72′), Leonardo Lopes for Yann Gboho (72′) and Charles Vanhoutte for Jean Marcelin (88′).

Top player: Charles Vanhoutte

Probably the most impressive player in Cercle Brugge was Charles Vanhoutte.

His rating is (8.0) with 1 goal, 30 passes (70% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 4 duels out of 9. He performed 4 crosses.

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