2012 Belgian Cup Final

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2012 Belgian Cup Final
Event 2011–12 Belgian Cup
Date 24 March 2012
Venue King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Referee Jérôme Efong Nzolo

The 2012 Belgian Cup Final, named Cofidis Cup after the sponsor, was played on 24 March 2012 between Kortrijk and Lokeren. It was the 58th Belgian Cup final and was won by Lokeren.

The match started intensely, with both teams attacking from the start. Kortrijk already had a scoring chance within the first minute, while Lokeren scored an early goal through Hamdi Harbaoui which was correctly disallowed for offside. The major talking point of the match happened after 19 minutes, when a linesman signalled a foul by Lokeren forward and Belgian international Benjamin De Ceulaer, who was subsequently dismissed by referee Jérôme Efong Nzolo with a red card. Nzolo followed the instructions of his assistant and initially showed the red card to a Kortrijk player, when the linesman made clear it should have been De Ceulaer. Both spectators in the stadium and through radio and television broadcast were left unsure about the exact reason as initial replays showed a struggle between Brecht Capon and De Ceulaer, for which a red card seemed very harsh. Although Lokeren played more defensively after the red card, a moderate Kortrijk was not able to create any major chances for the remainder of the first half.

During the second half, Kortrijk did push for the goal and almost scored, with Nebojša Pavlović just missing the cross from Mohamed Messoudi, Ernest Nfor testing the reflexes of Lokeren goalkeeper Copa and Dalibor Veselinović heading a chance wide. In the attacking department of Lokeren, Hamdi Harbaoui was left to handle it on his own, not managing to create any danger. However, with just over an hour played, Lokeren coach brought in Baye Djiby Fall to strengthen the attack and after 77 minutes a play between Fall, Nill De Pauw and Harbaoui set up the latter to lob the ball over Kortrijk goalie Darren Keet. Lokeren was under moderate pressure during the final minutes, but ultimately held on without giving away any major chances. With that, Lokeren had won its first Belgian Cup. [1]

Right after the match, Benjamin De Ceulaer stated that "I'm very happy for our team and president. But for me... the referee took away the most beautiful moment of my career. I will never forgive him. I hope I never meet him again. I refuse to look him in the eye from now on.", but zoomed in replays of the phase indeed showed that De Ceulaer had kicked the legs of Brecht Capon while the ball was nowhere near. Referee Nzolo also stated that he stood behind his decision and although he was forced to follow the judgement of his linesman anyway, he also believed that the linesman made the right judgement and De Ceulaer had been sent off for valid reasons.[2]

Road to the Final[edit]

Lokeren Round Kortrijk
Eupen [D2]
De Ceulaer 21', 64'
Harbaoui 83'
Round Six Antwerp [D2]
1–1 (AET)
p.s.: 6–5
Joseph-Monrose 56'
Westerlo [D1]
Marić 40' (pen.)
Finnbogason 80', 84'
Round Seven Sint-Truiden [D1]
Nfor 50'
Gent [D1]
Mokulu 1' Quarter Finals
First Leg
Beerschot [D1]
Zukanović 81'
Messoudi 84'
Gent [D1]
Marić 33' (pen.)
Patosi 50'
Persoons 87'
Quarter Finals
Second Leg
Beerschot [D1]
Veselinović 67'
Lierse [D1]
Taravel 57' Semi-finals
First Leg
Mons [D1]
Joseph-Monrose 62'
Messoudi 90'
Lierse [D1]
De Pauw 38', 83'
Persoons 42'
Second Leg
Mons [D1]
Joseph-Monrose 33'
Sapina 37' (OG)

Match details[edit]

24 March 2012
20:30 CET
Lokeren 1 – 0 Kortrijk
Harbaoui Goal 77'
GK 21 Ivory Coast Copa
DF 13 Greece Georgios Galitsios
DF 23 Senegal Ibrahima Gueye
DF 4 France Jérémy Taravel
DF 28 Belgium Laurens De Bock
MF 7 Belgium Killian Overmeire
MF 8 Belgium Koen Persoons
MF 10 Croatia Ivan Leko Substituted off 62'
FW 29 Belgium Nill De Pauw Substituted off 90+3'
FW 9 Tunisia Hamdi Harbaoui Substituted off 86'
FW 11 Belgium Benjamin De Ceulaer Red card 19'
DF 3 Morocco Hassan El Mouataz Substituted in 86'
MF 6 Democratic Republic of the Congo Tiko
GK 12 Serbia Jugoslav Lazić
FW 14 Democratic Republic of the Congo Benjamin Mokulu
MF 17 Norway Geir Ludvig Fevang Substituted in 90+3'
FW 19 Senegal Baye Djiby Fall Substituted in 62'
MF 24 South Africa Ayanda Patosi
Belgium Peter Maes
GK 16 South Africa Darren Keet
MF 21 Belgium Brecht Capon
DF 3 France Baptiste Martin YC 25'
DF 23 Bosnia and Herzegovina Ervin Zukanović
MF 11 Morocco Mustapha Oussalah
MF 8 Serbia Nebojša Pavlović
MF 17 Belgium Gertjan De Mets YC 60'
MF 10 Cameroon Ernest Nfor Substituted off 69'
MF 20 Belgium Mohamed Messoudi
FW 18 Argentina Pablo Chavarría YC 13' Substituted off 81'
FW 9 Serbia Dalibor Veselinović
GK 1 Belgium Kristof van Hout
MF 4 Senegal Ismaïla N'Diaye
DF 5 France Alassane També
DF 6 Belgium David Wijns
FW 7 France Steeven Joseph-Monrose Substituted in 69'
DF 14 Democratic Republic of the Congo Landry Mulemo
MF 19 Belgium Brecht Dejaeghere Substituted in 81'
Belgium Hein Vanhaezebrouck


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Maximum 7 named substitutes
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lokeren wins cup for the first time." (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2012-03-24. 
  2. ^ "De Ceulaer: "I'll never forgive the referee"" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 2012-03-24.