Antwerp players celebrate with Rafalov (Reuters)
Tonight (Saturday) Lior Rapalov recorded one of the highlights of his entire career and career in Belgium in particular, when he gave Antwerp the Belgian Cup with the only goal in the Cup final against Club Brugge, which ended 0: 1 for the Reds – third win in the club’s history and 28th in 28 years
The season in Belgium was stopped in March and not renewed and won the championship in Bruges, which led by a large margin over the second in the table. Tonight was the Cup final match that brought the same Bruges to Raphaelov’s Antwerp.
Bruges hoped to complete a double but Raphaelov, who started for Antwerp, scored the only goal of the game in the 25th minute while surfing from five yards out after a great save from Siman Yuklerrod. Bruges pressed towards the end and tried to equalize, but without success and Antwerp celebrated at the end.
For Raphaelov, who completed 90 minutes and was substituted in extra time, this is a huge personal victory over his ex, who gave up on him in the summer a year ago, after playing in the media for 8 years in which he won two championships and a trophy with her.
Raphaelov, who was loaned from Bruges to Antwerp last season (2018/19) and was acquired by it last summer, was the one who brought his team the trophy with a semi-final rematch that lifted Antwerp to the final and, as mentioned, also with a final goal. Along the way he achieved personal revenge on his previous team and prevented it from winning a double.