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An early goal sees Cercle stumble against STVV

An early goal from Hayashi was enough to seal the fate of the Groen-Zwart on Saturday. Cercle chased an equalizer throughout the match but created few real chances. An attempt by Millan halfway through the first half was the closest Cercle would come to levelling the score. Indeed, after the break, a dominant Cercle could not beat the opposing goalkeeper, Schmidt, causing Cercle to drop down the table with no points from the last nine available.

After an early effort from Mboyo, the visitors quickly took the lead. Didillon misjudged a long ball, after which the Mboyo tapped the ball to his teammate Hayashi for an easy finish. Cercle were under fire and saw the visitors take control of the game. The Groen-Zwart tried to turn the tide and gradually took control but too little accuracy in the final third meant that little was done in this regard. Halfway through the first half, they had their best opportunity to equalize. Deman slipped in Millan perfectly, but the striker was unable to beat Schmidt. Cercle continued to struggle and would only threaten with a long-range effort from Rubio shortly before the break.

Cercle started the second half with more verve to their play and immediately attacked. When Reitz, who had come on for STVV at halftime, received a red card, Cercle also had a numerical advantage. The Groen-Zwart forced STVV back into its own half for the entire second half, but were held at bay by their opponents' stiff resistance, despite Millan being full of running. The match would end with half chances and shots from outside the area, but despite several attacking changes, the score would remain the same, as Millan's last attempt was gathered by Schmidt.

Cercle Brugge: Didillon, Utkus, Daland, Miangue, Vitinho (Decostere 65'), Da Silva, Vanhoutte (Van Der Bruggen 65'), Velkovski, Deman (Denkey 76' ), Rubio (Hotic 83') and Millan.

STVV: Schmidt, Hashioka, Konate, Cacace, Hayashi (Hara 84'), Teixeira, Lavalee, Durkin, Buata, Bruls (Reitz 46') and Mboyo (Matsubara 65' ).

Goal: 0-1 Hayashi (Mboyo)

Dismissals: Reitz 52'

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