MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Brendan Hines-Ike was the sole American in action as he notched his first assist for Kortrijk as they finally earned their first win of the season.
Charleroi 0 - 2 KV Kortrijk
It was bound to happen and this past weekend it did as Kortrijk recorded their first victory of the season in the fifth week of Pro League action. Brendan Hines-Ike went the full 90 yet again and had a hand in the first goal.
It took the visitors, who were playing at the Stade du Pays de Charleroi in the province of Hainaut, single digit minutes to light up the scoreboard. Charging up the right wing with the ball at his feet, the American defender put in a perfect cross that found the head of his team mate, Felipe Avenatti. The Uruguayan, who was bought from Bologna in the summer, nodded it past the keeper from seven yards out for his first goal of the season. It was also Hines-Ike first assist since coming to Belgium.
Both teams created chances and half chances throughout the game but the next goal didn't come until very late in the game. Imoh Ezekiel, who had only been on the field for four minutes, got a shot off from close range. Charleroi's keeper, swatted it away but it only made it as far as Ilombé Mboyo, who side-footed it into the back of the next from a few yards out.
The win gets Kortrijk up and running as they now have four points and will look for three more this weekend when they host top of the league KRC Genk.
Kenny Saief was still MIA as Anderlecht travelled to Brugge to take on Club. Ethan Horvath also took no part but was on the bench for the Belgian champions who overcame their visitors, beating them by two goals to one.
On Friday night Club will travel to Zulte-Waregem while Anderlecht will host Royal Antwerp on Sunday afternoon.
Juan Pablo Torres did not suit up for Sporting Lokeren as they lost 2-1 to Gent on Sunday afternoon. They host fellow strugglers Waasland-Beveren this weekend.