Club Brugge led the tie by two goals until the 75th minute of the match, before a quick brace from Antwerp tied the game 2-2 and ensured the two sides shared the spoils.
The first goal came from Brandon Mechele for Club Brugge in the 34th minute, allowing the home side to enter the break and have a chance to edge their visitors on the log. The second goal came 17 minutes into the second half from highly sought-after Noa Lang assisted by former Barca man Ferran Jutgla. Everything pointed to victory for the home side before a long spell of Antwerp dominance earned them a goal from substitute Michael Frey and a penalty chance which was brilliantly dispatched by former Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen.
The result earned both teams a point which is not enough for either team in their quest for the top spot on the run from Genk with forty-three points and leaves them both vulnerable to being overtaken. by Union Saint-Gilloise who are currently playing against Standard de Liège. .
Brandon Michele gets in on the end of a brilliant cross from Andreas Skov Olsen, the 29-year-old Belgium defender surged to put his side ahead after a late 30-minute break
Janssen huffed and huffed for the away team but his efforts went unrewarded in the first half
Noa Lang scores
Ferran Jutgla was first thought to have put the ball in the back of the net for Club Brugge in the 62nd minute before it was confirmed to be a Noa Lang goal on closer inspection close, the former Barcelona player got an assist for his troubles.
Van Bommel reacts
Antwerp manager Mark Van Bommel put on his DIY hat and made some tactical substitutions, he took out Ritchie De Laet who was shown a yellow card earlier in the game for Michael Frey, and young winger Calvin Stengs for an even younger Christopher Scott.
Three minutes after his entry, Michael Frey finds the back of the net, after being marked on goal by the great Antwerp danger Janssen.
Vincent Janssen scores from the spot
Barely two minutes after setting up his squad his teams’ Janssen first had a chance to equalize from the spot after Hero of the Brugge’ first goal Brandon turned nasty when committing a foul in the box.
The 28-year-old Dutchman was right there as he found a familiar place in the back of the net, a feat he has already achieved nine times this season.
Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge) and AlHassan Yusuf (Antwerp), two Nigerian midfielders who missed out on Jose Pesseiro’s last super eagles, both shone for us in this encounter and we were by far the best player in the midfield of the two sides.