DEURNE. Antwerp had a surprising win over AS Eupen with a 2-0 win with a penalty scored by V. Janssen (38′) and a goal from J. Ekkelenkamp (44′). Antwerp was decisively better in terms of ball possession (70%) and that was among the factors of its victory.
The match was played at the Bosuilstadion stadium in Deurne on Saturday and it started at 4:00 pm local time. The referee was Wim Smet assisted by Dirk Gilon and Nick Senecaut. The 4th official was Simon Bourdeaud’hui. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was cold at 11.3 degrees Celsius or 52.29 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 86%.
Antwerp had a strong ball possession 70% while AS Eupen was struggling with a 30% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Antwerp had a more offensive attitude with 75 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 2 were on target. This is one of the reasons why Antwerp won the match.
Antwerp shot 17 times, 2 on target, 10 off target. Regarding the opposition, AS Eupen shot 4 times, 0 on target, 1 off target.
Antwerp received 3 yellow cards (A. Vermeeren, Ritchie De Laet and Toby Alderweireld). Talking about the opposition, AS Eupen received 3 yellow cards (Davo, Aleksandr Filin and Djeidi Gassama).
Also, AS Eupen didn’t finish the match with 11 players after L. Bessilé (AS Eupen) was sent off after receiving a straight red card in the (36′).
After this match, Antwerp will have 53 points to hold in the 3rd place. Talking about the opposition, AS Eupen will stay with 25 points to sit in the 15th place.
In the next match in the Pro League, Antwerp will host Sporting Charleroi on the 19th of March with a 6-5 head to head record in favor of Antwerp (3 draws).
AS Eupen will play away agasint Gent on the 19th of March with a 10-3 head to head stats in favor of Gent (2 draws).
Antwerp – Formation
Antwerp adopted the aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
The manager Mark van Bommel decided to play with the following team: Jean Butez, Ritchie De Laet , Toby Alderweireld , William Pacho , Jelle Bataille , Arthur Vermeeren , Jurgen Ekkelenkamp , Mandela Keita , Gyrano Kerk , Vincent Janssen and Michel Ange Balikwisha .
The home team had on the bench: Kobe Corbanie, Zeno Van Den Bosch, Laurit Krasniqi, Ortwin De Wolf, Gastón Ávila, Christopher Scott and Niels Devalckeneer.
Antwerp made 2 changes: J. Bataille for Gastón Ávila (46′) and J. Ekkelenkamp for Christopher Scott (67′).
Best player: Jurgen Ekkelenkamp
As per our analysis, the most impressive player for Antwerp was Jurgen Ekkelenkamp.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 26 passes (80% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 2 duels out of 6. He performed 2 crosses.
AS Eupen – Formation
Also AS Eupen adopted the aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
Edward Still played with: Lennart Moser, Yentl Van Genechten , Rune Paeshuyse , Loic Bessile , Jason Davidson , Gary Magnee , Stef Peeters , Brandon Baiye , David Álvarez , Konan N’Dri and Regan Charles-Cook .
They had on the bench: Smail Prevljak, Nathan Bitumazala, Boris Lambert, Oleksandr Filin , Djeidi Gassama , Abdul Manaf Nurudeen, Ibrahim Diakité , Isaac Nuhu and Isaac Christie-Davies .
AS Eupen made 5 changes: Davo for Oleksandr Filin (39′), Brandon Baiye for Boris Lambert (60′), Yentl Van Genechten for Ibrahim Diakité (60′), Regan Charles-Cook for Djeidi Gassama (81′) and Gary Magnée for Isaac Christie-Davies (81′).
Best player: Loic Bessile
The player that probably impressed the most for AS Eupen was Loic Bessile.
His rating iswith 5 passes (80% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 1 duel out of 1.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Pro League.
- RFC Seraing – Zulte-Waregem – 1-1
- KV Oostende – Sporting Charleroi – 0-0
- Union Saint-Gilloise – Standard Liège – 2-4
- Antwerp – AS Eupen – 2-0