This weekend I said that Standard may have changed just like their management have, Beveren may come under the microscope with their management and can USG continue their fantastic run as they travelled to STVV where the top 2 faced off?
And starting with….Waasland Beveren, who travelled to Lierse hoping they can change their luck and overturn this dreadful form. I felt manager Cedomir Janevski may be lucky to be in a job and that another disappointing result may result in his dismissal. Unfortunately for the Macedonian, his night started terribly as Lierse took a lead through Manuel Benson, piling on the pressure as it stayed 1-0 going into half time. With the break, he had a chance to rally his troops, and rally they did as Ibrahima Seck struck 6 minutes into the half, before the turnaround was complete through Aleksandar Boljevic! The question though was could Beveren hold on? No, no they couldn’t, however, it was a double twist within a minute. Anas Tahini put away a penalty to draw level, but Zinho Gano scored what turned out to be the winner to break this dreadful form and unfortunately, condemn Lierse to their 3rd successive defeat in a row now.
Next up the top 2 met in Sint Truiden where the surprising table toppers Union Saint Gilloise came to town. The thing is USG have just performed brilliantly digging out results or just annihilating teams. This was a more of the digging out kind of result where STVV were humbled, losing 1-0 and adding to the Unionistes list of victims. Mohammed Aoulad midway through the second half proved the winner as they took their tenth point from a possible 12! Outstanding again!
The game of the night on paper, Mechelen vs Standard Liege was as cagey in terms of scoreline than Sint Truiden-Union Saint Gilloise. A match dominated by Mechelen I’m sure Les Rouches would’ve taken a nil all before we started, and going by the first half, things were going to plan. However, plans don’t always pan out and my Player Profile Mats Rits teed up Jordi Vanlerberghe to grab the only goal of the game, proving that 1 goal is all you need in all three matches!
Mechelen have reverted to how they can play and are now one point behind the team who took 3 off of them on week 1, USG. Beveren showed they can battle and that win sent Standard Liege bottom, and moved Beveren level with Lierse. Still a lot to play for as Sint Truiden move 3 points off the pace, bit are still in with a chance! So competitive it’s great!