Referee helps Brugge to victory

SATURDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2002, 00:01 - Newssystem
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Club Brugge defeated Anderlecht with 2-1, with help of the referee.
The game started at slow pace. Both sides kept defending pretty well.

After 30 minutes, referee De Bleeckere gave a red card to Birger Maertens, who kicked Jestrovic on his shoulder.
Club continued the game with 10 and had 2 good chances. First, Ceh missed from 35 meters after a mistake of Zitka. The best chance was for Verheyen. He was forgotten by the Anderlecht defense, but missed. Anderlecht got one big chance. Seol centered and Crasson score with a nice header: 0-1.

After the break, the referee became man of the match. First De Boeck, got red for unknown reasons. Two minutes later, Jestrovic was pulled down in the box. Everybody expected a penalty, but De Bleeckere thought it was necessary to start a one-man-show and he gave the striker is second yellow card.
Nastja Ceh (Brugge) was leading his team forward. De Cock equalised with a hard shot. A few minutes later, Brugge doubled the score through Clement: 2-1. Because of the bad leading referee, the game turned into a real boxing game. Anderlecht kept on fighting and almost equalised. Brugge almost scored on counter-attack.
Man of the match was referee De Bleeckere, who found it necessary to decide over the game by disadvantaging Anderlecht.

Reactions: Hugo Broos and his entire team thought it was outrages.

Goals: 44' Crasson 0-1, 62' De Cock 1-1, 74' Clement 2-1
Club Brugge: Verlinden, De Cock, Clement, Maertens, Van Der Heyden, Englebert, Simons, Ceh (84' Geeraerts), Verheyen (46' Serebrennikov), Martens, Mendoza (92' Smolders)
Anderlecht: Zitka, Crasson, De Boeck, Tihinen, Deschacht (84' De Bilde), Aruna (56' Hendrikx), Baseggio, Vanderhaeghe, Zewlakow, Seol, Jestrovic
Red cards: 32' Maertens, 49' De Boeck (2x geel) 51' Jestrovic (2x geel)
Referee: De Bleeckere

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