KV Mechelen from heaven to hell: KV Kortrijk benefits on …


No glorious comeback for Steven Defour at KV Mechelen. The Mechelse comeback kid stayed on the bench against Kortrijk for 90 minutes and saw how his team went down again unhappily. KV Mechelen remains at the bottom of the rankings due to the defeat. Kortrijk climbs through Makarenko’s winning goal to the middle bracket.

The AFAS Stadium was only one third full and yet there was electricity in the air in Mechelen. The return of Steven Defour to the old nest had of course everything to do with that. The ex-Red Devil, who still lacks match rhythm, started on the couch. In the back there was a first starting place for Club mercenary Siemen Voet, in the absence of the sick Thibaut Peyre. At Kortrijk, captain Van der Bruggen surprisingly moved to the bank. Dewaele and Ocansey joined the team.

Despite the scarcity of points on both sides, the start of the match was pleasant with opportunities back and forth. A rehearsed corner of the visitors was shot next to by Dewaele. On the ensuing counterattack, Jakubech had to face a shot from Togui. The Ivorian was preferred to De Camargo during rush hour.

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After an equal opening quarter, KV Mechelen took control of the match. The Kortrijk danger became scarce, the Mechelen opportunities kept coming. Schoofs tested Jakubech’s fists from a distance, Van Damme headed an excellent chance next to and on the right flank express train Kabore ravaged the KVK defense with his many offensive rushes. Just before half time, one good chance for the visitors: a well-crossed shot by Dewaele was pushed into a corner by Coucke.

Lead through Voet

The first chance was also for KVM in the second half. Engvall put the ball ready for Hairemans, but his velvet left one failed for one time: the soft shot bumped far wide. Moments later, the home team got what they deserved. After a cross from Togui, a badly cleared corner ended up in front of Voet’s right and the debutant kicked in via a Kortrijk leg.

KV Mechelen from heaven to hell: KV Kortrijk takes full advantage of the Kaboré red card
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Red Kaboré

The joy was short-lived for the home crowd. Two minutes after the opening goal, Kabore went too boldly on D’Haene. The young Burkinese got his second yellow card of the evening and bite his tears as he stepped off the field. His red card also turned out to be the turning point of the match. KV initially held up well with ten, but at the first Kortrijk chance the signs were immediately right. A low cross from Dewaele’s right was finished centrally in front of goal by the detached Jonckheere. Barely three minutes later, the Guys even took the lead. This time the cross came from D’Haene’s left and Makarenko was on duty with the head.

Bad luck for Shved

In the end, Vrancken did everything he could to avert a new home defeat with the input of De Camargo and Shved. The substitute Ukrainian came close to the equalizer in a furious final offensive but saw his header turned off the line by D’Haene. Bad luck for Mechelen, which is already suffering its sixth loss of the season. Kortrijk settles quietly in the belly of the classification thanks to the flattered victory.

KV Mechelen from heaven to hell: KV Kortrijk takes full advantage of the Kaboré red card
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