Well, after hopefully enjoying the best part of a month off, the teams should be refreshed for the run in to the end of the season. Battles at the top and bottom of the league continued over the past 3 days, starting Friday night as Gent took on Charleroi.
Without taking up too much of my or your time, an uneventful match ended 1-0 to Gent with a fine diving header from Danijel Milicevic from 6 yards out.
And with Anderlecht and Club Brugge playing Sunday, Zulte-Waregem kicked off against Kortrijk in the only way possible by winning 3-2. Unlike Friday nights offering, this match on first evidence looks a hell of a lot better with 5 goals, 3 of which coming in a six minute spell late in the second half. With the first half being pretty dull, it wasn’t lit up on the half hour by Mbaye Leye, and I say not lit up as it was route one at it’s best and calamitous defending at its best (and throughout this post disgusting defending is a trend) but the finish was basically alright as it was struck across the keeper.
Teddy Chevalier, which looks likes something Del Boy Trotter would say in despair, pulled a goal back early in the second half for Kotrijk with a simple tap into an empty net from an initial save from Sammy Bossuyt, in which the he could do nothing about in honesty. But then between the 73rd and 79th minute the game topsy turved its way from victory, to a draw, and back again. All in favour of Zulte-Waregem.
Firstly, unstoppable header from point blank range from Davy de Fauw was cancelled out by Pavlovic, when a game of pinball broke out and somehow worked its way to Pavlovic who fired into the roof of the net, but that ended up being all for nothing when a blatant penalty was given away by Thomas Kaminski was dispatched by Timothy Derijck.
With all that said, Anderlecht and Club Brugge didn’t fail to deliver with comprehensive 3-1 and 3-0 victories respectfully. Brugge continued their fine form and with 2 very well taken goals either side of the half by Jelle Vossen and an absolutely superb free kick by Ruud Vormer which certainly weren’t overshadowed by more route one football at its best and some more horrendous defending by Standard Liege which gifted Wesley the chance to make it 3-0, in which he did accept.
Anderlecht on the other hand made light work of St. Truiden, although a lot of help by the referee in my opinion went a long way too. Youri Tielemans with 2 goals from 2 contentious penalties in each half, wher3 one was given for a foul inside the area, where replays showed it was not only outside but that the ball was also won and the second pen was for the slightest of shoves by Ruben Fernandes in the six yard box, even though the ball was put in anyway if the referee played advantage.
St. Truiden did pull back which turned out to be a consolation by Pieter Gerkins but if you get a chance to see Stanciu’s goal for Anderlecht, I advise you take a look.
At the other end of the table, Mouscron came from a goal behind to get a much needed win over Lokeren, and it showed how vital set pieces are in football as a corner, penalty and a late, late free kick were all dispatched here, as Mouscron left it late with a 92nd minute winner by big centre half Dino Arslanagic from a Hubert free kick claimed the victory.
Mechelen will feel they dropped points as Westerlo also gained a must needed win after Mouscron won and it came, almost, in the same fashion. After Westerlo worked a fine goal from their own half on a two tone pitch, through Nicolas Rommens, it was, to an extent, the Dimitris Kolovos show where he could’ve had 3 or 4 goals alone if it wasn’t for poor finishing and the frame of the goal, but he at least managed one effort which hit the back of the net. However, that trend of horrendous defending came through an embarrassing moment by Mechelen goalkeeper Colin Coosemans cost a point as Westerlo sucker punched through Hyland. Unlike Stanciu’s Goal for Anderlecht through brilliance, you should check this out for the opposite reason.
The remaining between Beveren-Oostende and Eupen-Genk went with form with 2 away wins with the scoreline being 1-0 in each fixture.
That caps off the weekends roundup and with midweek fixtures, hopefully there’ll be more magnificent goals re Vormer and Stanciu and less of the defensive and goalkeeping errors, but I highly doubt that will happen this week.
Goodbye for now.