I think in the entirety of my blog, I’ve only ever written about the cup once. Like I have said on numerous occasions, I like to solely write about the Pro League, but seeing as the last 16 has been a shoot out of top flight clubs, eight have now progressed towards reaching the final in March.
With a country so small and treated as a second rate league across Europe, with some big hitters, sometimes theres never a dull moment. I saw on the ‘Chicken Balti Chronicles’ on Facebook that somebody was there to witness the 1-1 draw between Mechelen and Genk. Yeah, so what?!? Well a penalty shoot out and 2 injured referees in the 2 hours made it a memorable night!
Then in Brussels, we see a halt to the match, antics on the touch line by a one Ricardo Sa Pinto and a singular goal to see the hosts…go out with Standard Liège progressing. I know right! But from one goal to 6 at the Guldensporen (yes I got it right this time) where I felt Kortrijk would be blown away by Antwerp if I’m honest. However, 4-0 up with 20 minutes left made me look more stupid than usual and saw De Kerels progress.
The rest of the matches seemed quite straightforward with Beveren, Gent, Charleroi and Oostende go through to the quarter finals. But the only team not mentioned is Club Brugge who needed extra time to beat a battling Zulte Waregem 3-2 for the second time in 5 days. Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure proving to be the hero for the champions elect who look on for the double.
The draw has already been made and sees some interesting draws where frankly, anyone can win.
Oostende vs Standard Liège
Kortrijk vs Gent
Genk vs Beveren
Club Brugge vs Charleroi
Tie of the round is definitely the last of the four which will take place in 2 weeks. But honestly I really think anyone can beat anyone here. I won’t even say anything about Kortrijk again because I’ll either look stupid again and KVK did only just draw recently against De Buffalos too. But all we know is, the holders are unfortunately out and there will be a different name on the Beker Van Belgie this season.