Ivan Trichkovski netted the game winner for Waasland-Beveren early in the 2nd half to lead his team to an improbable road win over Club Brugge.
The 26-year-old Ivan Trichkovski returned to Club Brugge’s stadium for the first time as a visitor, and today’s game also brought out his first league goal in a Waasland-Beveren uniform. Trichkovski is still actually property of Club Brugge since he is on loan at Waasland-Beveren.
Ivan had a dismal 2012-13 season with Club Brugge with nagging injuries and seldom playing time when he was healed. The team soon gave up on Ivan and decided to make him available in either a transfer or loan over the summer, believing that he did not possess the quality to play for Club Brugge. So, Waasland-Beveren eventually secured Trichkovski where he has received a lot more playing time, but goals have been lacking. Ivan had just one goal heading into Thursday’s game which came in a Belgian Cup match.
The goal by Trichkovski against Club Brugge came on a simple tap in from close range after being set up by Róbert Demjan in the 51st minute. Demjan was the beneficiary of a bad clearance attempt by his marker which then allowed Demjan to make a low cross from the left towards the goal which could not be intercepted by the diving Club Brugge keeper, allowing Trichkovski a simple tap in into an empty net for his first league goal of the season. Despite the fact that Ivan may have reasons to feel resentment towards Club Brugge, he did not celebrate the goal. Instead, he just raised his arms and was not very demonstrative while his teammates jumped in to congratulate him.
Trichkovski nearly added a second goal in the 82nd minute when his right footed shot from the edge of the area went just inches wide of the left goal post.
Even though he didn’t show it in the celebration, the goal must have been extra special for Trichkovski to come against a club that considered him a waste of money. Who knows, maybe this was a goal he needed to build some added confidence and score goals on a more consistent basis.
At the conclusion of the match, the two sidelines showed two contrasts of emotion. The Waasland-Beveren manager leaped in the air to celebrate the hard fought three points, while his counterpart quickly left the field, cursing obscenities and lamenting three dropped points against a team currently in the relegation zone.