Club Bruges, Spared by VAR, Clinches Belgian Championship!

A goalless draw (0-0) between Club Bruges and Cercle suits everyone. The Blauw en Zwart are champions while Cercle finishes fourth. But VAR intervened to cancel a Cercle goal in the 81st minute, after six minutes of waiting…

In a scrappy start to the match, it was nonetheless Cercle who had the first chance. But Denkey’s shot was too tame to trouble Mignolet. Five minutes later, Jutglà came close to opening the scoring but missed the target from a corner that was cleared by the opposing defense.

Whereas Club had to hold on to their draw, Cercle sensed the opportunity to create danger. On a wonderful cross, Popovic headed just wide of Mignolet’s goal.

At the start of the second half, Club had three chances to take the lead in quick succession. But Skoras’s cross found no takers, and then Warleson saved shots from De Cuyper and Vanaken.

The turning point of the match came in the 81st minute. A free-kick from Siquet found Lopes, who scored after a favorable rebound. But VAR intervened at length. Nearly six minutes to decide that, yes, the ball had indeed crossed the line… but that Lopes was offside by a few centimeters at the start of the action. An incident that will surely spark much debate.

Despite these six minutes of waiting, the referee added only seven minutes of stoppage time. During which nothing happened, with both teams content to settle for the draw.

Club is the Belgian champion while Cercle finishes fourth and qualifies for Europe. Union Saint-Gilloise takes second place, ahead of Anderlecht, who were defeated by Antwerp.

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