And it really was. My last piece looking at the Europa League I wasn’t feeling confident in all honesty. Every team had reason to not be as successful as they ended up being, however, I pointed out the fact every opposition had their flaws, and that proved to be rather true on the night.
We’ll start with my prediction of which team would end up doing the best and having the best chance of professing, and they drew and picked up 2 away goals. Genk went to Romania to face Astra where I was confident of victory, but they threw it away in the last minute unfortunately. Goals from young full back Timothy Castagne and Leandro Trossard either side of the break ensured that taking two away goals back to Belgium may prove pivotal, even though a win was firmly on the cards until the last minute.
Going into the other two matches on the night, I wasn’t as confident, starting with Gent who hosted Tottenham. Spurs in my opinion fielded a stronger side on the night in what seemed evenly contested, let their guard down just before the hour as Danijel Milicevic set up Jeremy Perbet for the only goal on the night, and to be honest, a vital goal, as Spurs really aren’t that great at Wembley. The did beat CSKA Moscow last time there but that was a Europa League play off in the end so not much was riding on it.
Finally we see Anderlecht defeat Zenit 2-0 with two first half goals from Frank Acheampong confirming that cushion with the return leg in Russia. Anderlecht rested a couple of players which could be so helpful before the weekend, and enabled on loan goalkeeper Ruben to not only get a run out, but also a clean sheet.
All in all a great night result wise for Belgian clubs in Europe and even though my last few post haven’t been about the Pro League, they’ve certainly shown the strength in European competition, which can only be progressive.