Zulte Waregem 2-1 Zawisza Bydgoszcz – with goals!
Zulte Waregem will take a slender one-goal advantage to Poland next week after opening the season with a 2-1 win at home against Polish Cup winners Zawisza Bydgoszcz. Playing in a partly renovated Regenboogstadion, the home side took the lead early on when ex-Genk goalkeeper Sandomierski parried a corner to Steve Colpaert at the back post and the Belgian international tucked it home. There was joy for the 30 travelling fans when Kamil Drygas equalised with a fine strike from outside the area. However, Essevee went into the break ahead after a defensive mix-up saw Glynor Plet – one of four debutants – rounded a hesitant Sandomierski and slotted the ball into the vacant net. Both sides were much sloppier in the second half although it is worth pointing out Zawisza had a goal ruled out for offside. Zulte Waregem should have won by a more comfortable margin but the new attacking combination will take some time to gel, which is understandable. Chuks Aneke had quite a bright game in midfield and new rightback Cissako also impressed with his ability to get forward. Francky Dury gave his thoughts after the game to VRT:
“If we had scored a third goal then the question would have maybe arisen as to whether that was enough. We controlled the game. The early goal did us good but the goal we conceded, one of only two real chances for the Poles, put a damper on things.
“We came back well from that but our final ball wasn’t there. The goal on the stroke of half-time gave us a good feeling in the dressing room. I was looking for more tempo in our build-up play but there were still chances. We are better than the Poles and we should score over there. I am satisfied but we can do a lot better. We’re on the right path. We can have a good team once again but that demands time.”
Check out the goals below.
The video is courtesy of ESSEVEE TV.