Eight goals on offer amongst the first 5 fixtures in the Pro League this weekend, but it’s not about the amount, it’s about how vital they are sometimes, and let me tell you, some were more important than others.
We start with a huge victory in the match I dubbed the biggest on Saturday and it didn’t disappoint. I had a feeling that Beveren may come out on top, and they did. I know it’s safe to say that now, but after throwing away victory against Standard Liege and not winning at home since the 5th November, KAS Eupen just seem off at home, and Waasland-Beveren took full advantage through Olivier Myny. At the double in the first half, Beveren set themselves up to defend their lead in the second half. This 3 points were as vital as ever, and that’s 4 points taken off of the teams around them this week and really drags Eupen right into it.
Kortrijk travelled to Standard Liege off the back of a very much needed win last time out after an horrific spell of form and knew they were meeting an opponent with equally poor form, where Standard hadn’t won in 6 before tonight’s fixtures. And unfortunately for them, make that 7 as Kortrijk improved this very minor purple patch with an impressive 3-0 victory.
Teddy Chevalier once again being the impetus opening the scoring just before the half hour, steadying the nerves. After half time, I’m sure Liege were eager to bounce back and battle, but they were silenced, not once, but twice by loanee Idriss Saadi, on loan from Vincent Tan‘s other club, Cardiff City.
I’m sure De Kerels fans are hoping their team have turned a corner regarding form with Aleksander Jankovic hoping they’ll find some sooner, rather than later.
Back to the relegation situation, bottom side Mouscron travelled to the Luminus Arena to play Genk. A tough match on paper proved to be correct on the pitch, although not emphatic, Genk kept the three points at home through Naranjo scoring in the first half. It was the young striker’s first goal since moving to Genk in January from Celta Vigo. With it still being tight down at the bottom, Mouscron will certainly not feel disheartened with Genk being a difficult test, and Mouscron’s home form maybe proving to be more important than their away form going into the final part of the season.
The final match on Saturday was between Oostende and Mechelen at the Versluys Arena. KV Mechelen were only 1 point behind the hosts before kick off and they didn’t do themselves any favours with an own goal through Jordi Vanlerberghe. The Belgian Cup finalists looked confident even though they were picking up yellow cards like they were going out of fashion, and that proved to be costly as Knowledge Musona picked up his second booking of the match just after the hour mark. With time ticking, Mechelen couldn’t take advantage with their extra man and again, one of their own players let them down as Seth De Witte netted Oostende’s second goal of the match, and the second own goal of what could only be summed up as a disastrous performance overall. Mechelen’s form this calender year and the back end of the last year hasn’t been bad, going by their league position, so this victory was not only vital for Oostende, but impressive too.
Fridays offering wasn’t much to talk about, that’s wjust after hy it has been left til the end with a drab 0-0. Anderlecht will yet again feel they’ve dropped more points as that’s 2 league matches in a row they’ve dropped 4 points in, whereas Lokeren may also feel aggrieved, feeling they had the better chances. Steve De Ridder stated after the game they can take confidence from this solid point and take it with them into the next fixture, where they host Club Brugge. A healthy crowd in a two thirds full Daknamstadion will help the players again next week.
Tomorrow’s matches could be tense and edgy, as they know what’s already needed going by tonight’s and yesterday’s outcomes.