What tension in Freethiel for this return play-off match! Especially on the Antwerp side where it is a question of keeping your rank in D1A.
In the game, the first to appear in the opponent’s fateful area are the Seresians. Following a work by Bernier, Mikautadze is at the reception of his center. But the Georgian’s volley was blocked by Nilsen.
Then came two hand errors. One from Faye (as on the way there!), The other from Wuytens. As on the way there, Frey and Mikautadze did not miss the opportunity to feed their meter. And, after 20 minutes, we already reached the score for the first leg!
While Seraing had approached the game with a lot of energy, the post-equalizer period was a little more difficult to negotiate. Waasland was pressing higher and the Steelworkers were having a little trouble getting out. Except on ranged strikes from Lahssaini and Mikautadze at the end of the first act. Then comes Jallow’s free kick and Sabaouni’s header which temporarily propels Seraing to D1A.
The return from the locker room was eventful and the Antwerp equalizer fell quickly. At the base of the movement, Sinani is also at the end of it. His strike from the left near post surprises Dietsch. Seraing still has the cards in hand and two strikes from Bernier force Jackers on the parry or Wuytens to throw themselves in to avoid the worst in his colors.
However, the worst will happen for Waasland. On a corner, Faye redeemed himself by resuming victorious head. The Antwerp residents blamed the blow all the more because Mikautadze, in two stages, completed the job twenty minutes from time!
It is done. After being absorbed by Standard at the end of the 1995/96 season (his last in the elite), Seraing returned to division 1. With panache!
Waasland: Jackers, Schryvers (74th Bastiaens), Nilsen, Wuytens, Khammas (74th Vukotic); Bertone, Verstraete, Heymans, Sinani, Koita (62nd Mertens), Frey
Seraing: Dietsch; Swers, Nadrani (89th Ndiaye), Faye, Kilota; Jallow, Sabaouni, Lahssaini, Bernier; Al Badaoui (77th Sanogo), Mikautadze.
Referee: M. Boucaut
Warnings: Wuytens, Frey, Verstraete, Bernier, Mertens, Dietsch
The goals: 15th Frey on pen. (1-0), 22nd Mikautadze on pen. (1-1), 45th + 4 Sabaouni (1-2), 51st Sinani (2-2), 62nd Faye (2-3), 70th Mikautaze (2-4), 90th + 5 Bernier (2-5)