KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Brendan Hines-Ike was the only American to see action over the weekend as KV Kortrijk dropped a close game to KV Oostende.
KV Kortrijk 1-2 KV Oostende
Kortrijk hosted KV Oostende over the weekend and were still unable to register their first win of the season as they fell to the seaside team at the Guldensporen Stadium.
Hines-Ike went the full 90 minutes for the Kerels in his defensive role.
Oostende, who were shutout last week by Genk, took just 10 minutes to find the back of the net. A well-executed corner took a slight deflection and ended up at the feet of Goran Milović and he poked it home from a couple of yard out.
It took another 71 minutes before the next goal and this time it was the Oostende keeper having to pick the ball out of the back of his net. From the left side of the 18 yard box, Kristof D'Haene sent in a ball that found the head of Jovan Stojanović and the Serb nodded it in from close range.
Just when they thought a point had been recused, KVO struck again. A minute after the last goal, Aleksandar Bjelica floated a shot from the left side of the top of the box and watched it sail over the keepers' head just inside the far post. Idir Ouali should have scored the late equalizer but although he beat the keeper, the goalpost denied him.
The loss leaves Hines-Ike and company with just a solitary point out of 12. Next up is a Saturday night trip to Charleroi where they'll try again.
Anderlecht hosted Mouscron on Friday night and again, Kenny Saief did not suit up. The Brussels team got on fine without him, putting two past their visitors for the three points as they remain undefeated after four games.
Next up for les Mauves will be one of the biggest clashes on the Pro League calendar as they travel west to take on the champions, Club Brugge on Sunday afternoon.
Sporting Lokeren were spanked, 3-0, by Standard Liege in front of their home crowd. Fortunately Juan Pablo Torres was not on hand to witness the defeat. They'll hop on the bus for the short trip to Gent for a Sunday matinee.
Club Brugge travelled to Antwerp and for the first time this season were denied a victory. Ethan Horvath was on the bench for Club as they had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Belgium's oldest club. This weekend, as already mentioned, they'll host Kenny Saief and Anderlecht.