After me saying this group underwhelmed me, 4 teams proved me completely wrong. Since January I’ve been writing about Belgian football and on some occasions, the unpredictable nature draws me in closer week in week out!
We’ll start with a match that if I went down the bookies, I would’ve lumped on a home win. I was wrong, then right, then wrong if you didn’t know. Lokeren also nearly doubled their yearly tally for goals as well which showed that anything can happen! Eupen began the goalfest with a penalty through the elder statesman Luis Garcia from the penalty spot. Then Lokeren hit back with a quick fire double, with Tom De Sutter at the heart of it. Firstly converting 2 minutes after the hosts took the lead with an assist from Guus Hupperts, and then turned provider himself, this time for Bob Straetman. As the half drew to a close, it‘s like there was a breather, before the hosts decided they fancied the lead for themselves. Christian Bruels and that man Henry Onyekuru hit 2 in two minutes to make it 3–2 just before half time!
Five goals in forty five minutes in this match alone showed how wrong I was regarding this group. However, the second half was nowhere near as eventful in front of goal. To look at both teams, Señor Condom will feel he still has work to do, mainly at home as well, as they eventually shipped 3 goals in total. Marko Miric proved to be pivotal, coming on and netting a 90th minute leveller for the hosts! Eupen’s defence at home hasn’t been fantastic conceding 5 in 2 matches and showed ill discipline too picking up 4 yellow cards in the second half too. Lokeren will feel more relieved. Scoring g three away and sharing out the goals is something to work on, especially if they manage to take that back to the Daknamstadion.
Onto Roeselare vs Mouscron. On the surface I suggested 2 options, and they can be the only options in a way. Either a nervy cagey 0-0 or a goalfest. The latter happened. Eight goals in total with one team taking the spoils! A topsy turvy match where anyone could’ve taken the spoils, it was the visitors who pegged the second tier club back in the first half. Simon Diedhiou who i suggested WEEKS ago needed to get on the scoresheet a lot more and Trezeguet put Mouscron 2-0 ahead at the half. Whatever was said at half time by Arnauld Mercier seems to work going into the second half.
A nine minute goal glut turned the game on its head before the hour! An own goal by Nikola Gulan and then goals from midfielders Cornet and Lepicier put Roeselare in front for the first…And only time in the night. Mouscron dug deep and not only equalised, but took the match in honesty. Trezeguet hit back before Matulevicius put the visitors ahead immediately after the equaliser. Mouscron didn’t just show character but the will to win, capping the scoring and declaring the match in the last 10 minutes through an own goal by Bosnian midfielder Nermin Zolotic. 5-3…5-3! A group I gave pelters to Saturday morning embarrassed me through attacking play and possibly dreadful defending.
Lastly, Genk showed their quality as they travelled to Kortrijk. They don’t need an obscene amount of goals. They just want the job done, which is what they’re doing and with the luxury of resting key players ahead of Thursday. Ruslan Malinovskiy opened the scoring 10 minutes before the break, before turning provider like most within this post, assisting Omar Colley midway through the second half.
The scoring was rounded up by Ghanaian sub Bennard Yao Kumordzi, with his goal created by Siebe Scrijvers to add to his many others this season! A great 3-0 away win, no fuss, and with players fighting for places, life seems good in Genk right now!