Belgian Pro League

Belgian League: Alderweireld scores in the dying minutes to lead Royal Antwerp to title victory after 66 years

Football is indeed a miraculous game which promises several point of views to us. Especially, when a league title is up for grabs and a three-way race is well ahead, it promises to be more interesting and thus get the supporters glued to the television. A similar sort of miracle happened in the Belgian Pro League when former Tottenham midfielder Toby Alderweireld scored a stoppage time equalizer which led his boyhood side Royal Antwerp win the league.

Alderweireld leads boyhood club to win the league

Toby Alderweireld was one of the favorites of Tottenham side which was coached by present Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino, and was a pivot for the North London club which reached the finals of UEFA Champions League few years back. He was known for his sturdy clearances and swift dribbles which often won several matches for Poch’s side.

In a three-way race where clubs Racing Genk and Union Saint-Gilloise were set to become champions and runners-up, Antwerp came out of nowhere to seal the deal for the club, courtesy to a world class goal from former Tottenham and Al-Duhail star Alderweireld.

“No words for this”

The game was well poised for a classy finish which would see Genk to be crowned champions. Then, as soon as the game entered its climax stage, magical things began to unfurl as in the 94th minute, Alderweireld scored from outside the box with a superb finish, which led wild celebrations to begin in the club, as the club won its first title after 66 years.

The hero of the match Toby was heard saying, “I have no words for this,” as he continued in exultation, “”Everyone wrote us off, we fought so hard for this. Everyone was against us, but we did it today.”

Miracle at the death

Antwerp was out of the championship race on the 89th minute as Union was leading against Club Brugge, and they were trailing 1-2. But Japanese striker Shion Homma had other plans in his mind as he equalized for the Bruges club, which fired Genk to win the league. Antwerp was not in the picture till then. As Alderweireld fired a shot from 20 yards in to the top corner, the home crowd of Genk was stunned as the Belgian defender ran the length of the pitch in front of the Antwerp fans.

After the equalizer, coach Mark Van Bommel and some of his staff broke in to wild and rave celebrations which described their ecstasy after Antwerp lifted the trophy after a gap of 66 years.

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