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Club Brugge slip up against resilient Royal Antwerp

Club Brugge led the tie by two goals up until the 75th minute of the game, before a quick fire double by Antwerp leveled the game 2-2, and ensured both teams shared the spoils.

Club Brugge hosted Antwerp at the Jay Breydel stadium in a proverbial six-pointer, with Antwerp second on the log before the game on thirty-four points and Club Brugge directly behind on thirty-two.

The first goal came from Brandon Mechele for Club Brugge on the 34th minute ensuring the home side went into the break ahead and with a chance to leap frog their visitors on the log. The second goal happened 17 minutes into the second half from the highly sought after Noa Lang assisted by the former Barca man Ferran Jutgla. Everything pointed towards a victory for the home side before an extended period of dominance from Antwerp earned them a goal from substitute Michael Frey and an opportunity from the penalty spot which was dispatched brilliantly by former Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen.

The result earned both teams a point which is not good enough for either team in their pursuit of runaway first place Genk on forty-three points and leaves both vulnerable to being leap-frogged by Union Saint-Gilloise who are currently facing off against Standard Liege.

Brandon Michele gets on the end of a brilliant cross from Andreas Skov Olsen, the 29 year old Belgian defender leaped to give his side the lead after an end to end first 30 minutes

Janssen huffed and puffed for the away side but his efforts were not to be rewarded i the first half

Ferran Jutgla was first thought to have put the ball in the back of the net for Club Brugge in the 62nd minute before it was confirmed to be a goal from Noa lang on closer inspection, the ex Barcelona man got an assist for his troubles.

Mark Van Bommel the manager of Antwerp put his tinkering hat on and made a couple of tactical subs, he brought off Ritchie De Laet who got yellow carded earlier in the game for Michael Frey, and young winger Calvin Stengs for an even younger Christopher Scott.

Three minutes after coming on Michael Frey finds the back of the net, after being put through on goal by Antwerps major danger man Janssen.

Vincent Janssen equalises for Antwerp AFP

Barely two minutes after creating his team his teams’ first Janssen was given a chance at an equaliser from the spot after the Hero of the Brugges’ first goal Brandon turned villain by committing a foul in the box.

The 28 year old Dutch made no mistake from the spot as he find a familiar spot on the back of the net a feat he has achieved Nine times already this season.

Alhassan Yusuf in action against Club Brugge AFP

Raphael Onyedika(Club Brugge) and AlHassan Yusuf(Antwerp) two nigerian midfielders that have missed out from Jose Pesseiro’s latest super eagles call up we both brilliant in this tie and were by far the best player in midfield from both sides.

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