Super-sub Okereke leads Club Brugge to overtake Sint-Truiden

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The Nigerian forward came off the bench to hand over all the points at stake against the Canary Islands on Saturday night.

David Okereke was Club Brugge’s hero in their 1-0 win over Sint-Truiden in the Belgian top flight match on Saturday.

After replacing compatriot Emmanuel Dennis in the 53rd minute, the 23-year-old made his presence felt four minutes later by scoring the only goal of the game.

With Club Brugge traveling to Rome for Tuesday’s Champions League game against AS Roma, coach Philippe Clement gave some of his key players a rest. Clinton Mata’s place was taken by Ignace Van der Brempt, while Eduard Sobol replaced Uruguayan star Federico Ricca in the starting eleven.

The hosts started the game brilliantly and had their first scoring opportunity when Sobol fought his way into the visiting goal area, but failed to beat goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt.

A few minutes later, on loan Ajax forward Noa Lang was unable to connect a Hans Vanaken cross, while Simon Mignolet was forced to make a brilliant save after a Duckens Nazon corner kick.

Clement’s men invaded the Sint-Truiden half, but their efforts did not yield any goals as the Canaries maintained an impressive defensive approach.

Before the half-time break, Mignolet made an impressive save to clear Pol Garcia’s well-thrown free kick.

At the beginning of the second half, another opportunity appeared for the home team, but Lang threw his effort wide open. In great need of goals, Okereke replaced Dennis in the 53rd minute and justified his inclusion with a good shot.

The Nigerian was played by Lang and made no mistakes passing the ball to goalkeeper Schmidt. Club Brugge came close to scoring more goals, but were stopped by Schmidt’s impressive goal.

Goalless in the remaining minutes, Stef Van Winckel’s men fell in their eighth defeat of the 2020-21 campaign in the Belgian First Division A.

Odilon Kossounou of Cote d’Ivoire was in action from start to finish, while Mata of Angola came in as a replacement for Der Brempt with ten minutes to go.

For the visitors, Angola international Jonathan Buatu saw every minute of action as Guinea’s Mory Konate replaced Christopher Durkin with 20 minutes to go. Ghanaian Samuel Asamoah was replaced by Alexander Filippov with 14 minutes remaining.

After facing Lazio, Club Brugge continues their march to the 17th league title with a visit to Royal Antwerp, while Sint-Truiden host Sporting Charleroi in Stayen.

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