Mark van Bommel once again managed to win with Royal Antwerp FC on Sunday evening. In the match against Oud-Heverlee Leuven, it became 3-2.
In the basic eleven, van Bommel had once again not made a place for Vincent Janssen. The striker started just like in the last games on the bench, but was still allowed to fill in. Jurgen Ekkelenkamp was not in the competition selection yet. It was presented on Sunday as a new addition to Royal Antwerp.
In the first half, Royal Antwerp fell behind within half an hour. Nachon Nsingi made the 0-1 at De Bosuil for Leuven. Van Bommel‘s team straightened their backs and returned to the game via Radja Nainggolan. The routine made the connection goal in the 38th minute. Two minutes later, it was Michael Frey who shot Royal Antwerp to a lead. Vincent Janssen’s competitor made the 2-1 at the direction of Ritchie de Laet.
After the break, Leuven went on the hunt for the equaliser, who will actually be there in 55th minute. Defender Louis Patris made it 2-2. Van Bommel took his first yellow card as a trainer after protesting for a penalty. In the final phase, it was Royal Antwerp that ran off with the victory. Michel Balikwisha worked a cross in the goal of Leuven. The flag of the linesman went up, but the VAR decided otherwise. The 3-2 counted as a valid goal. In the end, the same Balikwisha scores another beautiful goal in the final phase to put an end to all doubt. The competition ends in 4-2.
With this victory, Royal Antwerp takes over the leading position from Leuven. Van Bommel‘s team is the only team in Belgium at nine points after three games. On Wednesday, Royal Antwerp will play against Norwegian Lillestrom in the preliminary rounds of the Conference League.
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