After their defeats against Antwerp and Ostend, Sporting de Charleroi also lost against Mechelen 0-1 on Saturday night on the 20th day of the Pro League. A third consecutive defeat which prevents the Zebras (3rd, 33 pts) from taking advantage of the missteps of Genk (2nd, 38 pts) and Anderlecht (4th, 32 pts).
On a snow-covered lawn in Mambourg, the Carolos managed the first hour of play well but failed to react after the goal conceded.
If Mechelen was more present in a first half hour rich in duels, the Blood and Gold did not really manage to worry Nicolas Penneteau. Charleroi was discovered more in the next quarter of an hour with more consistency in the last few meters.
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After claiming a penalty for pulling a shirt on Shamar Nicholson (33rd), the same Jamaican striker was deprived of one of the goals of the year with a superb kick saved by Yannick Thoelen (40e).
Upon returning from the locker room, Mechelen raised the tone and was more pressing on the side of the rectangle of Nicolas Penneteau. Unable to bring the ball forward and combine with consistency, the Zebras suffered the possession of the Malinois who ended up scoring.
Already double scorer against Antwerp last week, Geoffry Hairemans hit the mark again this Saturday. Lucky recipient of a ball badly picked up by a teammate, he achieved a very good sequence of chest control-volley strike to deceive Penneteau (59th).
We would then have expected a more aggressive Charleroi in the last half hour but the Zebras did not manage to worry Yannick Thoelen again, the field not helping in particular the men of Karim Belhocine to develop their game accurately.
Weakened by this new defeat, the Carolos will have to quickly recover to play the crucial match against Anderlecht, scheduled for Tuesday night.
Fourteenth with 26 points, Mechelen signed his fourth victory in a row and remains very enthusiastic before receiving Standard.