It was not the weekend for the Europeans in the Pro League. After La Gantoise, beaten at OHL and Standard, held in check against Zulte Waregem, Sporting de Charleroi loses its first points of the season on the lawn of the red lantern, Excel Mouscron (1-1).
Despite the efforts made in the European Cup, Karim Belhocine had decided to align the majority of the players against Partizan. Only Guillaume Gillet and Modou Diagne joined the eleven. Shamar Nicholson and Steeven Willems took their places on the bench. On the Mouscron side, Matias Silvestre was the holder for the first time, while Imad Faraj found a ticket in the eleven.
Mamadou Fall to unlock the sampler
And we felt Carolos a bit borrowed at the start of the meeting, it was also Excel Mouscron, on a coiled shot by Harlem Gnohéré, who created the first opportunity of the game. The strike was not on target and Sporting de Charleroi gradually entered its match.
To the point of opening the scoring at the half-hour mark. A long ball from Maxime Busi, a recovery from Mamadou Fall who took advantage of the passivity of the defense of Mouscron and the turn was played. The Zebras were taking the advantage.
The Zebras surprised just before the break
But the hardest part was not done. Surprised at the very end of the first period, the carolo defense offered Excel a great possibility that Serge Tabekou did not let pass. First goal with Mouscron for the former Unionist and suspense revived before the break in this Sunday meeting.
In the second half, the Zebras regained control of the ball, but struggled to make their way into the rectangle of Hervé Koffi. It was also necessary to wait until the 70th minute of play to see Excel worried. On a ball perfectly distilled by Ryota Morioka, Kaveh Rezaei placed his head and it was the crossbar that repelled his attempt.
Not yet resigned, Sporting de Charleroi continued to push to the end. And Kaveh Rezaei, again, came close to the winning goal again. But Hervé Koffi was there to deflect his attempt and, again, to save Excel Mouscron.
A decisive stop by the French porter who offers a point to Mouscron. Excel took the opportunity to get back to the Waasland-Beveren train, penultimate with three units. Charleroi gives up its first points of the season, but keeps four points ahead of its first pursuers, Bruges and Beerschot.