Today has seen some real quality in regards to taking that chance and then holding onto what you have (unless you’re Eupen) but even then…well, I’ll get into that later. But four of last season’s top 6 we’re in action, with 3 of those unfortunately disappointing in Europe as well in midweek.
And talking of disappointing, Gent welcomed Antwerp to the Ghelamco Arena. A lovely sunny day where the sun shines on the righteous. And that applies to Royal Antwerp who have been fantastic without being extravagant. One goal in two matches, but those two matches were against 66.666…% of last season’s top three. And this is where one goal makes the difference. Reda Jaadi intercepting a lose ball and with his second touch, finishing with devastating style.
And that was that for the Great Old, where right now, Gent are royally stinking out the place at home and in Europe. This season already is one where De Buffalos would love to unsafe, restart until they get their season well and truly going. Nobody is taking charge right now and it’s too early to look at the manager. Then again, all credit has to go to Antwerp who are fully riding the crest of the wave since promotion!
A few hours later, Sofiane Hanni showed how vital he really is to Anderlecht. Netting the winner against Oostende, follow an initial Henry Onyekuru effort. The Algerian, in my opinion, may not last til either the end of this month, or certainly won’t be at Les Mauves at this point next season. He really is a top player in everyone’s eyes surely, and this won’t be the last time this season where his presence and leadership will be the key factor between one point and three! The champions did however deserve the win regardless anyway. But the clubs first three points will be a big relief!
Lastly, Club Brugge bucked the trend as they were 3-1 winners at the Jan Breydel Stadion. Before I started this it was 2-1 and I thought that would be that, but a late red card for Siebe Blondelle and an Abdoulay Diaby goal changed everything, at least in this post!
But before all of that, it was in fact Eupen who took the lead. I mentioned in the first paragraph that Eupen ruined the ‘taking your chance and holding onto it’ as we all know they didn’t, but an extremely deep run from Diawandou Diagne, almost Forrest Gump-esque and capped it off with a sweet, low drive under the keeper to give the Pandas the lead!
However, another penalty conceded in the Pro League was converted by Jelle Vossen before half time maybe changed the complex of the match. It took til the 65th minute where the fantastic Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure scored a fantastic goal, striking across his body diagonally past Hendrik Van Crombrugge. So 3-1 for the Blauw-Zwart, Club Brugge maintain their 100% record, second to Zulte Waregem on goal difference.
I honestly thought I’d pine for Youri Tielemans and Nany Dimata this season, but nothing of the sort has happened. Two matches in and with Oostende, Gent and Genk stuttering, this could be a fantastic season ahead!