KV Oostende received a visit from Cercle Brugge on Saturday. Last season, that would have been a relegation duel, and in all likelihood both teams will not have an easy time during the coming year. KVO is a few steps further than Cercle.
This was also noticeable in the result of the exhibition game, which was 3-1 in favor of the coast team. In the Diaz Arena, KV Oostende showed that it has more quality than the Bruges Association, and newcomer Makhtar Gueye in particular left a promising impression. The 22-year-old center-forward just came over from Saint-Etienne and is said to have cost around one million euros.
He could justify that high price tag a bit against Cercle Brugge. KVO coach Alexander Blessin chose Marko Kvasina as the deepest man in the starting eleven, but Gueye will probably transcend the Austrian in the hierarchy. The last news determined that Gueye immediately lived up to his reputation and that the 1 million man continued to hold the Cercle defense hostage. The booming striker could also score once.
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