With videoRoyal Antwerp FC additionally gained the third recreation of the season. The chief of the Belgian Jupiler Professional League defeated Oud-Heverlee Leuven 4-2 in its personal Bosuil stadium.
Sports activities editor
Aug 7, 2022
It was 2-2 till twenty minutes earlier than the tip, however within the closing part Michel-Ange Balikwisha was correct twice for the workforce of coach Mark van Bommel. Radja Nainggolan had taken care of the 1-1 on behalf of Royal Antwerp FC. On the rating of 2-2, Van Bommel, who was dropped at Belgium by technical director Marc Overmars, obtained a yellow card for feedback on the lead.
Royal Antwerp FC, which secured the arrival of Jurgen Ekkelenkamp this weekend, is the one workforce to have 9 factors after three rounds. 4 groups comply with with six factors, together with Anderlecht, which gained 3-1 in opposition to Seraing earlier on Sunday. Racing Genk and OH Leuven are additionally on six factors after two victories in three matches. Van Bommel additionally began effectively at VfL Wolfsburg final yr with 4 victories within the Bundesliga, however after 4 consecutive defeats he was already sacked by the German membership in October (after solely 13 duels). Earlier than that, Van Bommel was answerable for ‘his’ PSV for 75 video games, from July 2018 to December 2019. He additionally began in Eindhoven with seven victories, however the curtain lastly fell after he gained solely two of his final fourteen matches.
Mark van Bommel. © BELGA
It’s the first time since 1987 that Antwerp begins the season with three wins on the highest stage in Belgium. Royal Antwerp grew to become champion of Belgium 4 instances: in 1929, 1931, 1944 and 1957. The deeply fallen superpower returned in 2017 after 13 years on the second stage within the Jupiler Professional League, by which it has steadily climbed lately. Due to the investments of the rich Flemish actual property magnate and membership proprietor Paul Gheysens (68), after Radja Nainggolan final yr, Vincent Janssen and Toby Alderweireld additionally got here to Antwerp this summer time, following Van Bommel and technical director Marc Overmars. For a very long time, Antwerp additionally hoped to have the ability to safe the transfer-free Dries Mertens, however the all-time high scorer of Napoli selected Galatasaray final week.
Royal Antwerp additionally gained 1-3 in opposition to Lillestrøm SK in Norway final Thursday, with which a spot within the play-offs of the Convention League is up for grabs for its personal viewers subsequent Thursday. Within the earlier spherical, Antwerp already handled FC Drita: 0-2 win in Kosovo after a goalless attract their very own stadium.
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Mark van Bommel alone within the lead in Belgium with Royal Antwerp after third victory | Overseas soccer
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