Belgium football kicked it’s season off this weekend and Sunday, as in yesterday, saw a couple of results of raise some eyebrows and make you think that this season could be an unpredictable one. The majority of the top teams haven’t picked up maximum points and the main reason is most probably rustiness, but isn’t it great that a few people down the bookies were seen to have egg on their face.
Yesterday saw two matches that looked good on paper, and one that seemed a bit of a walkover. That’s what I believed, and I’m guessing many followed suit. And a good looking fixture saw Mechelen welcome Standard Liege which was settled in the opening 10 minutes. A goal from summer signing Stefan Drazic was immediately cancelled out by the reliable Orlando Sa. It seemed a must not lose rather than a must win, as both teams eased themselves into the upcoming Pro League season.
Secondly, we saw Sint Truiden, under the management of Tintin Marquez hosted Gent who probably had both eyes on the Altach match rather than the match at the Staaien. But De Buffalos took the lead through Franko Andrijasevic six minutes before the break. Thereafter, the Charlton Athletic connection came into play. Igor Vetokele equalised before Cristian Ceballos completed the turnaround with around 20 minutes to go!
However, Gent never gave up and scored an equaliser of their own through Samuel Gigot 3 minutes later, pegging back De Kanaries! Fifteen minutes left, you’d feel the imputus and quality would be with the visitors, but with the freshness of STVV, Cristian Ceballos stole the show, as the Spaniard netted a winner just before stoppage time! Gent already pegged back and a fantastic win for Sint Truiden who have lost some real quality over the summer.
Lastly, this was the match where you felt it’d be one way traffic, and some stats proved that to be right. But with a goalless first half, Mouscron would’ve taken a draw before the match. I was speaking during the week and I haven’t given the team any hope for survival. Thankfully though, my opinion counts for nothing in Belgian football, especially on the pitch, and Congolese striker Jonathan Bolongi struck midway through the second half. And that was that. A fantastic win and already a vital one for Mouscron. Sebastien Siani saw red too as De Kustboys lost their discipline late on in a poor home defeat to open their league season.
I would’ve posted this earlier but with other things going on around me, I still felt I had to write this for Mouscron. A fine win for a team where they do show they have it when the chips are down. Just ask Westerlo.