In a crazy atmosphere, GSI Verviers goes to the final of the Belgian Cup

In a crazy atmosphere, GSI Verviers goes to the final of the Belgian Cup
In a crazy atmosphere, GSI Verviers goes to the final of the Belgian Cup

It was “the” moment futsal fans had been waiting for: this Wednesday evening, THL Dison and GSI Verviers faced each other at Gérardchamps in the semi-final second leg of the Belgian Cup. To thus determine which of these two “Verviétois” teams will have the honor of playing in the final on June 1, in Wavre.

After GSI’s clear 6-2 victory in the first leg, in its Henri-Chapelle venue, it was in a “bubble” filled with numerous spectators that the Disonais hoped to reverse the trend. Facing an opponent deprived of Charly Meessen and Adrien Crosset, suspended.

Quick score opening

Quickly, after less than two minutes of play, the locals found the opening via Abder Meraihi. Enough to rekindle the suspense from the start and heat up the 300 people present in a packed room even more. The pressure is intense and GSI is pushed around but, over time, slowly gets his foot back on the ball. Antoine Deflandre, in particular, receives a good chance to equalize – in vain.

At the quarter of an hour, Dorian Van Acker concluded a nice one-two by blowing up the leather, it was 2-0 and, at this moment, Dison was “only” two goals short.

The atmosphere goes up a notch. Anthony Rox’s team, however, did not panic and, on an action from Bastien Hungs and Kevin Crisigiovanni, the latter reduced the gap, 2-1. A minute later, Abder Meraihi scored twice as the exchanges became more and more lively. On several occasions, Maxime François, the visiting doorman, allows the porter not to get (too) carried away. 3-1, score at the break.

Big suspense

The recovery is muscular (three faults from Dison in four minutes) and GSI is holding back. Maxime François still pulls off two important parades while the stress is felt on the small benches. “They have a great team”slips GSI mentor Anthony Rox.

Tom Cornet then comes out of his box to give his team some breathing room, 3-2. Unfortunately for them, Antoine Deflandre procrastinated in defense and was fooled by Islam Manchigov, 4-2.

The show continues – real propaganda for futsal – and Lorenzo Offerman plants the 4-3 with a little luck.

Time passes and the Verviétois manage their possessions better and better, inevitably more relaxed by their comfortable lead. Despite an ultimate rush local, qualification is well and truly acquired for GSI Verviers, especially since Crisigiovanni equalizes at 4-4.

In the final, GSI will face ProColor Liège. A 100% meeting from then on, which already promises to be historic for this representative of the district of Verviers.

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