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Anybody Fancy Defending?

I have decided to post this blog now rather than this morning because firstly, hopefully someone will read it and because it could still be fresh in the morning right? Anyway, the title is self explanatory when you look at some of the goals scored in the Belgian Pro League today.

And starting with the last match at the Versluys Arena, Oostende gifted 3 goals to Beveren frankly. To sum up, Silvio Proto who is an experienced and still a decent goalkeeper, basically bounced the ball onto Nana Ampomah’s head before he stuck the ball into an empty net. Then Zinho Gano got on the scene, firstly dispossessing the Oostende defender and slotting the ball just inside the post, and then from a cleared corner, the ball came back in where it was a 4 vs 1 in favour of De Kustboys, and Gano nodded home.

Beveren ran out 3-0 winners and were of course 3-0 up at half time. This is truly embarrassing and poor from Oostende. I genuinely feel sorry for the fans where their jubilation of last season has just been sucked out of them. No wins in any competition and have just faultered unbelievably. On the other hand, all credit to Phillipe Clement and Beveren who have 5 points so far and have looked very good in every match so far!

The other ‘heroes’ in my opinion are Mouscron. Finding their highlights have been near on impossible unfortunately for me, but a goal in each half from Taiwo Awoniyi and Dimitri Mohamed saw off Lokeren. What a terrible start Lokeren have had too! Goalless and on their second manager of the season already! Peter Maes hasn’t hit the ground running and if they’re demolished next weekend against Beveren, which is possible, will he suffer the same fate as Rùnar Kristinsson? Highly unlikely, which I still feel uncomfortable about if I’m honest.

The Tricolores will have to be without Koen Persoons too who saw 2 yellows, and of course 2 lemons make a strawberry. I had my doubts about Mouscron this pre season, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. The club have shown real determination to succeed this season, so far anyway, and 6 points out of mine is a fantastic return already!

Kortrijk travelled to Eupen where the cream rose to the top. De Kerels ran out 2-1 winners, and if Eupen were better defensively, again, it could’ve been a totally different story. Van Crombrugge let a tame effort from Jovan Stojanovic sneak in at the front post late in the first half. Then with one ball straight down the middle of the pitch, Teddy Chevalier looped a sumptuous lob over the keeper to wrap up the game in the second half. Jordan Loties scored a diving header from a corner to halve the deficit, but it was too little too late. With sackings all the rage already this season, will Jordi Condom see out this week? Let alone this season?!? Kortrijk yet again go from strength to strength, building from last week’s victory.

In the first match of the evening, a 1-1 draw took place at the AFAS Stadion. Gent took the lead through a Samuel Kalu finish 3 yards out, after good work from Kalifa Coulibaly down the left. But with time running out, a simple set piece routine caught out De Buffalos, and Tim Matthys (thank you for the like on Twitter Tim) struck a venomous effort into the bottom corner. The pure definition of a daisy cutter! Gent finally get a point on the board whereas Mechelen maintain their 100% draw record. Both teams do however seem to be petrified to lose, so any points will do right now!

Last night saw the top 2 battle at the Regenboogstadion where the Blauw-Zwart came out on top. Goals from Emma Dennis Bonaventure (who else) and a Jelle Vossen penalty sealed the away win. Zulte rallied and hit back through Aaron Leya Isaka with plenty of time left, but regardless of what players were saying on twitter about VAR, Brugge have maintained their 100% record. I truly believed Ivan Leko may not have been fit to lead Club Brugge this season, but so far he has definitely proved me wrong! Just a minor setback for Zulte Waregem who have been great so far, a blip along the long, loooong road of this season.

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