It’s been an oddish day in the Pro League as the games on the surface seemed to light up and fade regarding contests, whether taking advantage or not as it may seem. It’s been a day, and weekend in that matter, of missed opportunity, yet, taking opportunity when it’s there to be ceased upon.
The day started at the Ghelamco Arena where the champions came to town to take on Gent, with new signing Yuya Kubo starting. After a sparse 1st half in terms of goals, it was in fact Gent who took the lead through Yuya Kubo, with the Japanese having the perfect start to his life in Belgium. With a free kick placed in possibly the perfect spot if you’re right footed, he guided it in with bend and power into the top corner. The game was wrapped with with a tight, but definite offside goal by Kalifa Coulibaly. A quick free kick just inside the Gent half was played forward by Nana Asare and initially there seemed to be confusion, but Coulibaly raced forward, beating the last defender and slotted home through Butelle‘s legs to make the game safe. A setback for Brugge who had one the past 5 meetings between the 2 sides until today.
That result meant Anderlecht could go top in what I predicted would be an extremely fiery match, and I wasn’t wrong at all with a red card after just 2 minutes! Filip Mladenovic seeing red in an incident where I thought he was very unfortunate as it was, apparently, deemed violent conduct. After that it showed Standard Liege fought extremely hard and consolidated what they had, leaving the Constant Vanden Stock with a point and a clean sheet, not before a second red where Ishak Belfodil was sent off late in the match, and for who will be missed for the upcoming games.
The curtain closer for the weekend is a match in particular which the bottom side really put the cherry on the icing of Eupen’s cake this week. One player as well today had an outstanding day being involved in all 3 goals for Mouscron, where finally, one team today took advantage of results around them yesterday. Three points separating the bottom 4 now has created tension amongst the hunted, as well as Brugge being lucky today as the top 3 all dropped points too.
But back to the Stade De Cannonier where another Filip had a much better day in Filip Markovic. Assisting Deivydas Matulevicius and Simon Diedhiou either side of the break and converting a penalty in between, he must’ve enjoyed his Sunday immensely, aiding Mouscron to claw those above back too. Six points this week and a defeat versus Zulte-Waregem midweek, which is no disgrace, has created a great escape feel and means anyone out of Mouscron, Westerlo, Beveren, and now, Eupen could be dragged down, and I still would rule out Lokeren.
This upcoming week I’ll be writing about clubs, the past, and in my opinion, a good rant regarding my thoughts on the Pro League too.