With the 4 matches tonight, I can’t help but look at Standard above everything. Of course there were three other matches, and we’ll get to the team from Liege, but this season frankly is a write off!
We start in PO1 though, where Gent visited Zulte Waregem, who seem to have just not turned up in the play offs. After an impressive season really they faded towards the end, but I think the cup win just ended their season. Although they have lead in some matches, they haven’t seen the result through, especially against Club Brugge. But tonight they didn’t take the lead. Japanese star Yuya Kubo of course netted 24 minutes in with an unmarked finish in the box. He really has been a fantastic signing. And with that goal, that’s how the match was about to finish, until Coulibaly popped up in the 94th minute to confirm the victory. With De Buffalo’s 5 points off of leaders Anderlecht and pulling further from Club Brugge.
In PO2A, USG were hoping to continue their fine form and get the mental edge over Mechelen tomorrow. It didn’t go to plan as Frèdèric Frans climbed highest from a Kasmi corner as Lierse took the lead. The thing is, Lierse were even, if not better than Union Saint Gilloise and midway through the second half, Manuel Benson again netted to double the lead. Things were falling apart for the Unionistes when Mohamed Elgabas rounded it up for Lierse in the last 10 minutes. But the scoring didn’t end! Gertjan Martens pulled a goal back which was too little, too late. A deserved 3-1 win to stop the rut and tighten the group once more!
In Liege, things just weren’t right still. It’s a shame really. Firstly Kostas Laifis saw a straight red, meaning the hosts had to play with 10 men for just over an hour. From the resulting penalty however, Gillet saved from Michel! Then Reginal Goreux received a yellow which would come back to haunt him. Nil all at half time wasn’t the worst scoreline, until Finnish defender Valtteri Moren headed home and made it 1-0 to Beveren! Ten minutes before time, Goreux saw his marching orders. Nine men, 1-0 down…Wait, make that 2-0 when Zinho Gano scored yet again to pile on more misery. Great turnaround in form for Beveren with the last 2 matches now whereas Les Rouches keep falling apart.
Lastly we have PO2B where Roeselare were looking to grab their first win. Along with that, Kortrijk were hoping to get three points to make their own season look slightly better in an average campaign. Stijn De Smet at the double scoring 10 minutes apart to cancel out Lukas van Eenoo’s opener. With that first half turnaround, the game kicked back into life where Eenoo bagged his own brace setting up a grandstand finish. Unfortunately for Roeselare, luck once again was against them, as Totovitskiy scored his second goal in 2 matches, and with that grabbed a vital winner!
Some great results and a couple of upsets in my opinion shows there’s still life in the Pro League yet! Til next time…