Dieumerci Mbokani’s brace powers Royal Antwerp past ten-man Oostende

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The 32-year-old notched his third and fourth goal of the season to help Frederic Leidgens’ men clinch their ninth league win

Dieumerci Mbokani scored the goals as Royal Antwerp defeated Oostende 2-0 in Friday’s Belgian First Division A game at Bosuilstadion.

After firing blanks in his last five games, the attacker ended the drought in style with a brace to help Frederic Leidgens’ nick their second consecutive victory.

The Congo DR international opened the scoring in the 21st minute of the encounter firing home from close range to beat goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.

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In the 43rd minute, Adnan Custovic’s men were reduced to ten men after Aristote Nkaka was sent off.

Antwerp then capitalised on their numerical advantage with Mbokani sealing the victory in the 83rd minute.

The former Dynamo Kyiv striker featured for 90 minutes before making way for Ghana’s William Owusu while Senegal international Amara Baby was introduced for Ivo Rodrigues in the 62nd minute.

The win has leapfrogged them to the third spot in the log after garnering 31 points from 15 games.

Mbokani who has now scored four goals this season, will be hoping to increase the tally when Royal Antwerp square up with Gent on November 25 after the international break.

 

 

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