After a raft of fantastic away performances so far this weekend, along with dreadful defending, Genk, Anderlecht and Standard were hoping to continue the trend!
And starting at the Bosuil, fans were treated to 8 goals! De Smurfen were hoping to finally bag their first win of the campaign and they had this match wrapped up by half time. Mbwana Samatta, Leandro Trossard and a fine individual run and finish from Siebe Schrijvers raced the team from Limburg into a 3-0 lead! Before you could catch your breath, Joeri Dequevy pulled a goal back. So 3-1 and just over a quarter of the match played! This is where Albert Stuivenberg felt better, when Samatta doubled his tally on the day.
Antwerp had a mountain to climb, and the match was basically sealed and sewn up when Arslanagic put the ball into his own net making it 5-1. The Great Old rallied and never gave up with a late surge scoring through Owusu and Arslanagic atoning for his earlier own goal, but it was too little too late. I personally think this is positive for Antwerp to stop complacency further down the line, whereas Genk will feel better claiming their first win of the campaign.
Next up saw Charleroi host Anderlecht. A match where either Charleroi would lose their 100% record, or Anderlecht will continue to splutter this season. Splutter maybe harsh, but Les Mauves haven’t shown the style that won them the title last season.
After a goalless first half however, it was Charleroi who hit the front. Ten minutes into the second half Amara Baby rasped the ball past Mats Sels from the edge of the box into the roof of the net at the front post. Anderlecht on the back foot. Could Rene Weiler get a response of champions?
In short…no. Peruvian Cristian Benavente scored an even better individual effort than Schrijvers. Beating 3 defenders before slotting past Sels, sneaking it in at the far post. Brilliant result for Charleroi as they keep pace with Brugge at the top, whereas Anderlecht haven’t found their stride just yet…
Lastly, Sint Truiden welcomed Standard Liege to the Staaien in the first match since Tintin Marquez. Another goalless first half (which I missed) was followed by a scrappy second half (of what I’ve seen because I have an 18 month old boy scrambling around my apartment!) but with the snippets I was allowed to see, Ochoa was certainly the busier out of the two keepers!
With five minutes to go, Collins Fai saw his second yellow card, where in honesty, I thought it may have been a bit harsh, but could STVV take advantage of this? Well, the task was possibly made easier, as Orlando Sa saw a straight red by kicking out. VAR worked so well in truth as Sint Truiden took the lead. Again, woeful defending as there was a mix up from a cross and from 2 yards out, Yohan Boli nodded home.
Standard Liege. The curators of their own downfall through wasted chances and ill discipline saw De Kanaries take a lead that they would hold onto. A fine win in the end, no matter how and late it happened.