Yesterday saw the end of another round of matches come and go. A 3rd of the regular season has come and gone. We saw Standard Liege win their 3rd matches of the season. Antwerp have lifted themselves to 3rd in the table and in all 3 of yesterday’s matches saw the winners score 3. How convenient.
And we begin with Standard, where I’ve read recently that this match could have been make or break for Ricardo Sa Pinto. Whether or not that’s true I don’t know but a bit drastic if that was the case. However, if it were he may have been nervy after 10 minutes when Kristof D’Haene opened the scoring. However, Edmilson Jr struck back two minutes later, before Sa Pinto’s compatriot Orlando Sa scored at the double to make it 3-1 at half-time and seal the win.
The match also saw 2 red cards, with Larry Azouni seeing red in the first half and Sebastian Pocognoli receiving his marching orders halfway through the second half. As I’ve said, a big win for the hosts lifting themselves up into 9th, with 2 tough away games coming up. Kortrijk haven’t won in 7 now after a positive start to the season. Key injuries may be a factor, but nonetheless it has been a steady decline.
The second match yesterday saw top versus bottom at the Versluys Arena. And from minute 1 Club Brugge meant business with Ruud Vormer opening the scoring. But then some quality goals were seen. Firstly, a simple corner routine saw Sebastien Siani drill home an effort from the edge of the box, but then Blauw-Zwart hit back with an unmarked bullet header by Wesley. But again the leaders were pegged back with a pinpoint strike but Franck Berrier. A real quality goal by the Frenchman making in 2-2 before the break.
The second half was mainly full of yellow cards as to be honest, I’m sure De Kustboys would’ve taken a confidence boosting draw. But there’s something about this Brugge side rout now. Anthony Limbombe, the hero against Charleroi, hit another 93rd minute winner to break Oostende hearts. He picked up a second yellow card for his celebration, stupidly, but nonetheless, they never give up! It’s still positive for Oostende in some ways as they are looking better, regardless of result.
Lastly, Antwerp dismantled Zulte Waregem as they fall to their second defeat in a row, and saw themselves drop to 7th in the process. A fine Obbi Oulare opener saw the Great Old on their way, and a second came seven minutes later through an own goal. A second half penalty from Geoffry Hairemans after Michael Heylens saw red as well, the 4th red card of the day in the Pro League.
After the match, Franck Dury had some words for his players, saying Antwerp had a winning mentality amongst other things, sending a message to his squad. After a promising start, even Anderlecht have overtaken them and Zulte have sort of slept walked themselves into this position. Antwerp on the other hand have possibly had the toughest start (as I’ve regularly said) and have been brilliant. Every match they bounce back when they suffer a reality check and perform outstandingly well which is testament to the players and Bölöni.