MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, August 28, 2017
Juan Pablo Torres made his professional debut in a Sporting Lokeren win, while Ethan Hovarth kept a clean sheet as Club Brugge cruised to an easy victory in weekend Belgian Pro League action.
Club Brugge 4-0 Standard Liege
Ethan Horvath kept a clean sheet for Club as they put four past struggling Standard Liege at the Jan Breydel Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
It only took the home team three minutes to get on the scoreboard when Hans Vanaken scored his first of the day when a bit of sloppy Standard defending allowed the Belgian midfielder to score from seven yards out.
Three minutes later the goal scorer turned goal provider as he spotted Wesley's forward run. The Brazilian shrugged off his marker, Danish defender Alexander Scholz, and slotted it into the back of the net from close range, putting the game to bed before most fans got comfortable in their seats.
Scholz was the culprit again; this time in the 56th minute he stuck out a leg to deflect Vanaken's shot that ended up in the back of the net. What looked like an own goal was given to the Belgian however.
The last goal came ten minutes before the final whistle. Off a quickly taken free kick from the right side of the box, the ball was passed into the box to Brandon Michele while five white shirted defenders looked as if they actually bought tickets to come and see the game, stood flat footed and watched their bad day at the office turn terrible.
Horvath, on the other hand, had a relatively uneventful afternoon between the sticks as he faced three shots on target and kept his second clean sheet of the young Pro League season. The win keeps Brugge in the top spot with equal points to Charleroi but with a superior goal difference. Both clubs remain undefeated. After the break, the Brugge boys will travel south to Mouscron to face the fourth place team at Stade de Canonnier,
Juan Pablo Torres made his professional debut when he came off the bench in the 90th minute for Koen Persoons. Sporting Lokeren put three past KAS Eupen to win their first home game. Next up for Lokeren will be a Friday night trip to Brussels to take on Anderlecht.
KAA Gent continues to struggle without Kenny Saief, but fortunately their opponents Anderlecht are also having a less than stellar season. Both teams played to a scoreless draw. Next up Gent will host Genk.