A bit late, mainly because I was in transit and…I’m on holiday. I have been away before and blogged about Belgium, and, funnily enough, that was whilst Belgian teams were in Europe. This time though, instead of being in a fairly chilly Berlin, I am in scorching hot Paphos!
All of that is irrelevant to an actual Belgian football blog. I’m clearly padding out a post which is simply about three Belgian teams in Europe. One from last night and the other 2 for tonight, which are yet to commence. And if the 2 playing tonight are as good, entertainment wise, rather than the result, then it could be a fantastic night!
Club Brugge dominated and then through away a result in style against Istanbul Basaksehir at the Jan Breydel Stadion. After new signing Bonaventure put the Blauw-Zwart ahead early, things were looking good in Ivan Leko’s first competitive match. Stefano Denswil made it even better, taking Club Brugge into half time with a 2-0 lead!
Then the Turks could’ve ruined the night…well let’s face it…they did. A 2-0 lead with 45 minutes to go was turned around in the space of 30 minutes. The second goal from Basaksehir once promising Dutch winger Eljero Elia, was something special. If it wasn’t him it was Marcio Mossaro. Either way it was a strike! But when Denswil… there‘s a way (get it?) meaning the defender saved a draw from defeat withnanother direct free kick.
It’s nothing to do with Ivan Leko and Brugge’s failure in the Champions League. They just can’t perform in the competition, just like last season, and tell Manchester United fans. It’s a shame but with an uphill task in Istanbul, it’s unlikely there’ll be two Belgian teams in the Champions League this season in my opinion.
Tonight sees Oostende make their own history travelling to Marseille. This will be tough. The Velodrome is always fiery and Oostende are total novices in Europe. Their hope is a decent result tonight with at worst a goal deficit to take back to the Versluys Arena. Gent play Austrians Altach at the Ghelamco Arena. Unlike De Kustboys, I see the Buffalos progressing overall and taking a nice lead away with them.
Bit of a brief round up compared to a six goal thriller from last night, but all I hope is positive results for Belgian clubs abroad, unless it against my team!