Need i say more to who I feel was the hero of Saturday’s fixtures? But we’ll start with Fridays night clash between Sporting Charleroi and Zulte-Waregem in a tight encounter between 2 of the top five. Charleroi, who recorded an impressive away win against Oostende oozed confidence and grabbed a goal through Harbaoui. Winning the ball midway through Zulte’s half and some nice one touch football, and Gaëtan Hendrickx picked out Hamdi Harbaoui who twisted the blood of Marvin Baudry and opened his body up to place it past the keeper. The on loan Anderlecht man helping his parent club out with two goals this week in two big games!
As the half ended, Zulte-Waregem had to come out strong, in which they did and using route one tactics, not for the first time this calender year, it worked again as my player to watch this weekend, Mbaye Leye, flicked the ball on and it fell to Babacar Gueye, who scuffed his finish to draw Zulte level. But as time ticked on, Charleroi triumphant through a free kick, suited for the left footer, but Jordan Remacle caught Sammy Bossuyt out and stuck it in at the near post.
That meant Oostende’s match away to St.Truiden took on more significance, but 2 defeats now in a week for the team most west means they are beginning to fall further away from the top. Goals in both halves for the home side, firstly through Brandon Mechele and then 2 from loanee Igor Vetokele meant St. Truiden came out on top 3-0 winners. Vetokele who only just joined St. Truiden must really feel at home scoring his 3rd in 2 games at Staaien.
And now…Drum roll…Teddy Chevalier really hit the front here, firstly with a nice finish outside the area, but past a static Lokeren defence, who have now really fallen down the table positionally, and then a second goal which was simply world class. Maybe, again, a better defence may have snuffed out the attack, but the flick by Saadi worked its way to Chevalier who struck the volley which arched over goalkeeper Boubacar Barry. Just before the half, Lokeren showed some fight literally and figuratively through Tom De Sutter who battles at the far post from a corner to head home. Positively for Kortrijk, they finally bagged their first win in 9 league matches and in the process, leaped frogged over Lokeren.
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The match contested between Mechelen and Genk which began with a minute’s silence for Thomas Buffel‘s late wife who passes this week and unfortunately for the blue and whites, Mechelen took all 3 points and 3 minutes before time from a set piece, where very untidy defending and Seth De Witte battled and fired home.
The final match of the weekend was a cagey affair between Beveren and Westerlo where, in my opinion, both were possibly scared to lose and played out a 0-0 draw which does neither any good, but whether or not Mouscron win, it doesn’t do them any harm either.
Fantastic goals and late drama in the Pro League so far and it’s not even Sunday. I look forward to the results and hopefully it’ll include some of the quality too.