Another match week over again as more goals were shipped by defences. Twenty three goals, another rush as things down at the bottom still aren’t settled.
And thats where we’ll start with Mouscron hosting Standard Liege, whilst Westerlo had the tough trip to 3rd place Zulte Waregem. And it was Westerlo who hit the front in the 12th minute through the experienced Benjamin De Ceulaer to ease the nerves early on and maybe turn the home crowd. But before the half, hero come villain (more on that later) Alessandro Cordaro saved the half time boos and eased some pressure for the favourites.
Back at Le Canonnier, Mouscron rallied and through Simon Diedhiou, who I have been a bit critical of, netted for the bottom side before the half. Giving Mouscron that lead, it meant they had something to hold onto going into the second half.
Back at the Regenboogstadion, Ganvoula Mboussy swung the pendulum back towards Westerlo, scoring just 7 minutes into the second half, and to sweeten the deal (and this is the hero come villain) Cordaro received a straight red card. With things going the way of De Kemphanen.
Back at Mouscron, the nerves held out! A 1-0 win that they needed to stand any hope, only if Westerlo didn’t win, and that’s exactly what happened, as Sander Coopman stole an equaliser deep into stoppage time, and giving Mouscron the chance of survival next week.
At the other end of the table, Brugge and Anderlecht couldn’t take advantage of either team slipping up as both lost Saturday night. Firstly, Genk defeated the league leaders with a fine double by Mbwana Samata, in a first half dominated by Genk chances. Jose Izquierdo took matters into his own hands with a fine individual effort before the break, but the home side held on superbly, bouncing back from last week’s disappointment away at Anderlecht.
Speaking of them, Mechelen were their conquerors in a hard fought battle. In what looked to be a packed AFAS Stadion, Mechelen took a 2-0 lead into the break. Firstly, through a Seth De Witte penalty and doubled quickly by Jordi Vanlerberghe. Then, Anderlecht showed fantastic spirit when too goalscorer Lukasz Teodorczyk halved the deficit, and then Bram Nuytinck completed the comeback with 20 minutes to go.
You’d think with the impetus, Les Mauves would push on, but 5 minutes before the end veteran Tim Matthys won the match for De Kakkers.
The remaining matches were as eventful, especially between Beveren and Gent, where the home side just can’t win at the Freethiel, throwing away the lead twice. Oliver Myny was cancelled out twice by Jeremy Perbet until the Japanese Yuya Kubo showed how vital he has been so far netting the winner! Gent are plodding along nicely, but unfortunately for them, the teams above has equally been as good.
However, Charleroi had to leave it late to snatch a point from an Idriss Saadi inspired Kortrijk. With the Algerian scoring early in the second half, Kortrijk were looking good for the victory, and a big away one at that, until Dorian Dessoleil spared the hosts blushes with a stoppage time equaliser.
St Truiden were happy after their poor recent run. Four defeats were finally halted with a home win over Eupen. Another run ended as the hosts havexnt beaten the visitors in 6 attempts before Saturday. Igor Vetokele and Pieter Gerkens early in each half sealed the win. Mamadou Sylla struck on the hour to give the away side plenty of time to come back, but to no avail.
Lastly and definitely leastly, Oostende and Lokeren shared a drab 0-0. Less said of that the better frankly.
Until next time…