In the Belgian professional league, the two teams have played against each other in 16 games, including nine wins for Bruges Club, two wins for Royal Antwerp, and five draws between the two teams. This game was part of the 29th matchday of Belgium in the Pro League, Club Brugge is second in the standings, and Royal Antwerp is third in the standings.
At the beginning of this match, Club Brugge did not beat Antwerp in Club Brugge’s last two games. The last league match between them was the 12th round of the First Division A on 24/10/2021 when Brugge 1:1 ended in Antwerp. Three Belgian Cup finals have been played between the two teams (rivals Anderlecht have won once and Club Brugge twice), and they have played seven Belgian Supercups (Club Brugge have won five). In 1908, due to an attack by Brugge fans on Antwerp players after a 2–1 defeat by what we would later call Club Brugge, one of the biggest and fiercest rivalries in Europe took place.
Six years later, Bruges FC won the Belgian Serie A in the 1919-20 season, winning its first trophy. One of the most decorated clubs in Belgian football, the club has won the Belgian League 17 times, second only to arch-rival Anderlecht, and shares the Jan Breydel Stadium with city rivals Cercle Brugge. They played in the Bruges derby together. Like many historic clubs, Club Brugge struggles with other Belgian clubs to compete locally (Cercle Brugge), regionally (Ghent and Antwerp) or nationally (main rivals Anderlecht and Standard Liege). Club Brugge is by far the only Belgian club to have played in the final of the European Cup (predecessor of the current UEFA Champions League), losing to Liverpool in 1978.
In Sunday’s First Division A match at the Jan Breydel Stadium, home club Brugge faced rivals from Antwerp. Antwerp started the scoring via Michael Frey in the 29th minute, this ignited the tie, and also, the home team then started to push forward with more quality. Two minutes later in the game, Denis Odoi scored for Club Brugge and equalled the scoreline 1-1. The home team then never looked back and kept pressuring the opponents’ rivals.
The pressure resulted in the home team’s penalty, which Hans Vanaken converted in the 37th minute. The first half ended 2-1 in favour of Club Brugge, and they started the second half just the same way they played in the first half, with more quality in their passes. In the second half, attacks from the home team kept on coming. Although Antwerp kept the ball for a bit longer time, Club Brugge was fluent in the attack. The home team scored two more goals in the second half without conceding a single goal. Goals from Adamyan and Skov Olsen made the scoreline 4-1.
Antwerp were the favourites to win this game, looking into their recent form, but Brugge had other plans. A win for Antwerp would have seen them go up to second place.