By Berend Scholten
Club Brugge KV have won their first prize of the new season by beating KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen on penalties to lift the Belgian Super Cup for the fourth year running at the Jan Breydel stadium in Bruges.
Jan Ceulemans, who won many honours for Brugge as a player, was to make a good start as coach having taken over from Trond Sollied at the Belgian champions earlier this month. The UEFA Champions League third qualifying round participants also were eager to take revenge on Germinal Beerschot for their defeat in the Belgian Cup final last season.
Both teams had good chances in the first half hour, with Brugge's Ivan Leko seeing his shot save by goalkeeper Luciano Da Silva, while at the other end, Sezer Öztürk forced Tomislav Butina to a full-length dive. But in the 36th minute it was Boško Balaban who opened the scoring for Brugge, beautifully volleying in Gert Verheyen's pass.
Brugge now pushed to double the lead but on the hour mark the Antwerp side levelled. Mohamed Messoudi saw his first attempt blocked by Philippe Clement, but was first to the rebound and headed beyond Butina. After Gert Verheyen had hit the crossbar with another header for Brugge, the match ended 1-1 and moved to spot-kicks.
Pieterjan Monteyne sent Germinal Beerschot's first penalty wide, and Wim De Decker then shot over from their third kick. That allowed Leko, a summer signing from HNK Hajduk Split, to step up and convert Brugge's fourth attempt for a 4-2 shoot-out win and their 13th victory in 14 attempts in the 25th edition of the competition.
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