The first home game where supporters were back allowed ended in tears, and that was totally unnecessary. Our Mannekes shot themselves in the foot after Dante Rigo was sent off and Beerschot had to play 70 minutes with ten against eleven. And they eventually  paid the price for it as a clever and efficient Lommel scored twice on the break, something Beerschot didn't realise despite being the better team and creating a couple of very good chances.

Driven by amazing support from their fans Beerschot started brilliantly but Baeten, Verlinden and Vaca missed their scoring opportunities or were denied by the Lommel goalkeeper. The visitors were outplayed and their defense put under immense pressure. They speculated on the counter but threatened just once through Dos Santos.

Halfway the first half Dante Rigo was sent off for a reckless tackle in midfield and that completely changed the game. In two ways: Beerschot lost control and now it was Lommel that pushed forward. The game derailed with Lommel striker Nassim Chadli being the culprit with terrible behaviour: pretending to headbutt Herve Matthys, provoking opponents and the home supporters with obscene gestures, sneaky fouls and diving. All very desplicable. And the ref let him get away with it... To make matters worse Lommel scored on the brink of half time. It was a totally isolated Dos Santos who headed home from a high cross.

Early in the second half Sanusi and Sebaoui came close to an equaliser. Our captain's shot was saved by De Busser while Sebaoui needed too much time and was eventually stopped. Even with ten against eleven Beerschot kept producing the better football with Lommel cunningly awaiting for their chance on the break. That came eight minutes from the end when Martinez outran the Beerschot defense and cooly put the ball in the far corner. Nil-two, over and out as Beerschot didn't have an answer to that killer blow.

GOALS: 44' Dos Santos 0-1, 82' Martinez 0-2
BEERSCHOT: Lathouwers, Seydoux, Meisl (84' Frans), Van den Bergh, Matthys, Rigo, Sanusi, Verlinden (71' Thorisson), Vaca (46' Nzita), Sebaoui, (71' Koshi) Baeten (71' Petkevicius)
LOMMEL: De Busser, Lemoine, Wuytens, Alves, Henkens (88' Ostrc), Chadli (46' Talvitie), Martinez (88' Mijovic), Belghali, Granell, Vancsa (63' Pierrot), Dos Santos
YELLOW CARDS: Vancsa, Verlinden, Dos Santos, Chadli, Wuytens, Lemoine
RED CARDS: 23' Rigo

By Danny Geerts


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