KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 21, 2017
Only one American saw action in Belgium over the weekend as Ethan Hovarth guided Brugge to another win, while Juan Pablo Torres and Kenny Saief didn't feature for their teams.
KV Kortrijk 1 - 2 Club Brugge
American shot-stopper Hovarth and his team still find themselves at the top of the league after they managed to score one more than Kortrijk on the road on Sunday afternoon.
The Brugge boys got things underway after just 11 minutes when Jelle Vossen's strike off a corner kick was handled by one of De Kerels defenders. The Belgian striker was given a second chance at goal, this time from the penalty spot and easily beat Thomas Kaminski, sending the keeper the wrong way.
The Blue-Blacks doubled their lead just four minutes after the intermission when Lior Refaelov beat his marker and rolled the ball from the left side of the box and picked out the man from Mali, Abdoulay Diaby. His left footed shot from just off the penalty spot was neatly tucked into the back of the net.
Later on a shot from 25 yards out by Jovan Stojanovic almost brought the home team back into the game. A diving Horarth couldn't reach the strike but the goal post bailed him out this time.
The Serbian did make it onto the score sheet in the 68th minute however after a cross from the right wing beat the Brugge defense and a small deflection by a Kerel allowed Stojanovic to tap it in at the far post.
Kortrijk were then twice denied penalty shouts as the visitors were able to hold onto their one goal lead and claim all three points.
Club are heading to Greece as they take on AEK Athens in Europa League qualifying action on Thursday night before coming home and hosting Standard Liege on Sunday afternoon.
Sporting Lokeren finally got up and running as they registered their first points of the season by putting three goals past Waasland-Beveren at Freethiel Stadium. The 18 year old American, Juan Pablo Torres, however remained on the bench for the 90 minutes.
On Saturday AS Eupen will make the journey from the German speaking part of Belgium to take on Sporting at their home ground.
KAA Gent has continued to struggle without Kenny Saief. They came out on the losing end, 3-2, against Royal Mouscron Peruwelz. The Buffaloes have registered just one point this season and are only that one point from the relegation spot.
Up next, they'll host the reigning Belgian champions, Anderlecht for a Sunday matinee. Les Mauves have been playing as anything but champions as they lost again over the weekend and have collected only four points after four games. Saief continues to recovery from surgery.