It was a huge, loud crowd at the Jan Bredylstadion as first place Club Brugge took on second place Oostende in a match that would have a large impact on the rest of the season. Both teams went with their usual formations with Oostende having a 4-4-2 with two DM’s. Gohi Bi was by far the biggest threat of Oostende who would have to be stopped. Schonheim and Fejsa both came back in after missing out the midweek match as Alex still was very concerned with the fitness of his team, Meunier also came in for Cools at right back as he was to tired.
After 3 minutes Fejsa brought the ball forward and passed the ball up to Santamaria 25 yards out. He passed the ball up to Santamaria on the edge of the box and he turned and played the ball to Izquierdo who passed the ball further outside to Schonheim. He hit in a deep cross and the keeper reacted slowly in moving across and Gedoz was able to get ahead of his defender and scored a simple tap in to give Brugge an early lead and it was just what was needed.
After 9 minutes Gedoz was over a corner and whipped it in. It was headed away and Ribeiro got to the ball first and got it back out to Gedoz who had acres of space out wide. He passed the ball to Santamaria. He squared the ball to Fejsa thirty yards out who unleashed a shot from about thirty yards out and was unlucky to see it come back off the post. The ball went back across the face of goal and Izquierdo who reacted quickly and shoved a foot out to poke the ball over the line and in to double the Brugge lead early on.
After 13 minutes Gedoz stood over a free kick thirty five yards out and took it short to Engels. He played the ball up to Vanken who played it out wide to Meunier. His cross was headed back out and Meunier headed the ball to Santamaria, he played to Vanaken inside who got the ball up to Ribeiro inside the box. He turned his defender and absolutely blasted the ball towards goal and left the keeper no chance and the ball flew into the roof of the net before he could move to try and save the shot.
Three goals inside thirteen minutes and the game couldn’t be going any better than Alex could have hoped realistically. He couldn’t see them losing and would give them a nice buffer at the top of the table.
After 25 minutes Oostende had free kick just inside the Brugge half. Milic received the ball and passed the ball outwide to Musona who cut inside towards goal. He slipped the ball up to Junior Tallo who was forced to pass the ball out wide to Capon on the right wing. He fired in a cross. Denswil rose and couldn’t quite reach the ball as it grazed off his head and hit Engels in the leg before rolling past Butelleand into the goal to pull a goal back for Oostende with what was the first real attack of the half.
Just before half time Gedoz stood over a corner for Brugge and whipped in a corner to the back post. Fejsa rose up high and headed the ball back across goal, the ball hit a defender in the back just before Denswil was able to shoot and fell to Santamaria 8 yards out. His shot was blocked instantly and fell to Engels six yards out and he and he blasted the ball between the keeper and man on the line to score a fourth goal just ahead of half time. It was Engels fifth goal of the season which was impressive for a centre back and three had been in the Europa League.
At half time Alex couldn’t tell his team how pleased he was with how they had done in the first half and told them to try and kill the game off and try and keep the game slow so that it was harder for Oostende to get back in the game and score the three goals they needed.
Five minutes after half time Varga got the ball out wide on the left and hit a great pass out to Musona in space on the right wing. He took a touch and whipped in a cross which Denswil headed away. The ball fell to Varga on the edge of the box and he passed to Tallo in the box. Engels came over and tried to win the ball and missed taking down Tallo in the box to give away a penalty.
Capon stood over the penalty for Oostnde and Butelle bounced around the goal making himself look as big as possible. He took a long run up and hit his penalty low to the keeper’s left. Butelle guessed the right way and was able to push the ball away form goal at such a tight angle that to score the rebound would have been impossible. It was academic as Meunier blasted the ball away into the crowd.
After 77 minutes Meunier took a throw in deep in the Oostende half. He threw the ball in to Gedoz who took a touch and then fired in a low cross. Luciano made a good run and fired a powerful volley that smacked off the bottom of the bar and in.
The goal sealed the hammering of Oostende. Brugge got five goals from five different scorers and five different assisters as well. Gedoz was the only person to do both in what was an incredible team performance that blew Oostende away.
Brugge had a four point lead over AA Gent and Oostende and with 8 games left to go that was a strong position to be in and Alex hoped that they could see the season out on top.