All matches tonight looked like they would be tight beforehand really and it went that way I’m all honesty as the night went on. Four matches took place in all play off groups with some hoping to gain ground, and others hoping to leapfrog others.
Starting in Brugge, Oostende came to town hoping to resurrect themselves and at least put a positive spin onto the end of their season. With a good start that looked like that was going to happen as they took the lead through Nany Dimata, putting more pressure onto the hosts on the quarter hour. With that said, Brugge showed character and hit a quick fire double! Vossen got himself back amongst the goals, and with that confidence, Izquierdo decided to get himself back amongst the goals too! Going in 2-1 at the break, Brugge had something to hold onto going into the second half. With that said, Club still would’ve loved to kill the game off, and with 20 minutes to go, Izquierdo went some way to kill the game off with his second! Full time, 3-1 and Brugge will feel better tonight. More despair for Oostende who are ending the season with a whimper.
In PO2A, Mechelen had business to take care of against STVV, knowing a win would put them top. Knowing both could put a lot of pressure on Union, things looked as if they were putting more pressure on themselves. Unfortunately for…Sint Truiden, they cracked first as Tim Matthys set up Nils Schouterden to score just before the break. Things weren’t going the visitors way as we approached the latter stages of the match, which was ideal for Mechelen. I’m the end, Mechelen are nicking 1-0 home wins which they won’t mind, crawling towards the Europa League play off!
Going into the most uneventful group, Mouscron needed to bounce back against an improving Lokeren. As the first half wore on, Mouscron needed a confidence booster which was supplied by Nathan Kabasele. Unfortunately, that was too good to be true, and instead of building on that, Koen Persoons equalised really into the second half, bringing the hosts back down to earth, with both teams equally wanting a positive result. As time ticked on one team blinked in the 92nd minute. Mouscron conceded through an own goal from Thibault Peyre and Lokeren smash and grabbed 3 points! And if I’m honest, as I typed that, Mouscron amazingly equalised through villain come hero Peyre. Amazing scenes where yet again in Belgium, it ain’t over til it’s over! Astonishing match.
With the other match going on, Genk just wanted to avoid defeat really travelling to Eupen. Everything was going well as goal machine Malinovskiy scored on 20 minutes. Eupen showed why they always score though, through their fantastic attacking ability…And Garcia’s nerves of steel from the penalty spot!
With both teams drawing, nothing really changed from before kick off and things keep getting better for group leaders Genk! Mouscron somehow escaped with a draw thanks to Peyre who tried his hardest to create tension and excitement! Amazing night in Mouscron amongst some other matches across the Flemish region.