MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, August 7, 2017
Week two of the Belgian Pro League is done and dusted however just one of the trio of Yanks in the heart of Europe saw action as Ethan Horvath minded the net for Club Brugge.
Club Brugge 3 - 1 KAS Eupen
Although they were licking their wounds after last week's defeat by Istanbul Basaksehir in Champions League qualifications, the Flemish team wasn't too troubled by Eupen, the team from Belgium's German speaking part of the country.
Horvath started between the sticks again and went the full 90 minutes as last year's runners-up put three past their opponents at Jan Breydel Stadium. It was, however, the Pandas who struck first when just after 19 minutes they attacked up the right flank with the Ghanaian teenager Eric Ocansey finding Diawandou Diagne running into the box. The perfect pass was then tucked into the back of the net by the Senegalese midfielder past the American.
Ten minutes later Club attacked and Moussa Wague brought down a hard charging Dennis Bonaventure. Former Belgian international Jelle Vossen placed the ball on the spot and sent Hendrik Van Crombrugge the wrong way.
After some sloppy defending Emmanuel Dennis got away from his markers and slotted across goal to the far post to give the Blue-Blacks the lead.
With Club attacking up the left, a long pass found Anthony Limbombe and the forward was bowled over by his fellow countryman Siebe Blondelle, who took the 90th-minute walk of shame for a second yellow card. Abdoulay Diaby stuck a fork in them when he forced Coach Jordi Condom's defense to leak a third goal well into stoppage time.
The victory leaves Horvath and Co. undefeated but in second place on goal difference behind Zulte-Waregem. Next up is a road game to Zulte-Waregem to decide who will take the top spot.
Juan Pablo Torres, who signed for Sporting Lokeren last week on his 18th birthday made it onto the bench for the away game against Kortrijk, however he never left his seat as his Tricolores lost a close one by a goal to nil. Sporting is still searching for their first win and they'll have the chance over the weekend when Mouscron comes to town.
Kenny Saief remains sidelined for at least a few more weeks as he recovers from hernia surgery. His Gent Buffaloes obviously missed him as they fell to the league's recently promoted team, Royal Antwerp. Just the one first half goal separated the teams.
Gent will travel to Mechelen in Week 3 of Pro League action.