Brugge bows at home against Zulte-Waregem (1-3)

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Club Brugge failed to win against Zulte Waregem on the 16th day of the Belgian Championship.

With only one point on the road in seven games so far, Zulte-Waregem won at Club Brugge on Friday opening the 16th day of the Belgian Football Championship (1-3 ). The visitors scored all goals: Hamdi Harbaoui (12th, 1-0) and Theo Bongonda (44th, 51st) in the right direction and Davy De Fauw against his side (78th, 1-3).

In the standings, the Blauw & Zwart, who have won just one of their last seven games, remain second (31 points) while waiting for Sunday's results from Antwerp (31) at Ghent and Anderlecht (30) at Sint Truiden. Zulte, who had not won at Jan Breydel since 2013, remains 13th (15 points). At the beginning of the match, Zulte-Waregem folded without breaking when Sammy Bossut went under the ball on a service from Siebe Schrijvers (4th) and Marco Burki conceded a corner imprudently (5th). Waregem's first outing proved to be a sting for Bruges: after viewing the footage, Alexandre Boucaut gave a penalty for Marvelous Nakamba's foul on Bongonda. Back from suspension, Harbaoui cheated Ethan Horvath (12th, 0-1).

Club Brugge had a hard time creating chances and Hans Vanaken put the ball above the goal when he was alone against Bossut (37). The midfielder was not in luck: on an indirect free kick granted at the height of the small rectangle for a pass back from De Fauw to his goalkeeper, the ball hit the cross (38th). If Bossut took a yellow card because he was wasting time, the attackers waregemois led a quick counter that Bongonda completed with a cross shot (44th, 0-2).

At the restart, the silence fell on Jan Breydel stadium: Bongonda scored a double with the help of the back of Clinton Mata (51st, 0-3). Ivan Leko released defender Saulo de Carli for striker Kaveh Rezaei (53) but it was Nill De Pauw (56) and Harbaoui (74) who missed the opportunity to add a fourth goal (56) . Waregem scored but against his side by his captain De Fauw (78th, 1-3). All of a sudden, the public began to believe in the recovery. To counter the final Bruges offensive, Francky Dury strengthened his midfield by leaving Thomas Buffel for Mikael Soisalo (83) and Bongonda for Henrik Rorvik Bjordal (86). The maneuver paid off as Waregem inflicted on Bruges its first home defeat since May 20th.