MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Brendan Hines-Ike and Kortrijk lost a narrow one to Mouscron while Kenny Saief made his first appearance for Anderlecht this season in their loss to Genk.
Mouscron 1 - 0 Kortrijk
Brendan Hines-Ike and his KV Kortrijk team made the 20 minute drive from their hometown to Mouscron to take on Royal Excel Mouscron in a Sunday matinee down in southwest Belgium. The American defender continued his Belgian adventure in defense and went the entire 90 minutes in a losing effort.
Mouscron sat at the bottom of the Pro League standings before kick off, having not collected a solitary point after six games. Kortrijk, on the other hand had collected four points from their last two games after a shaky start to the season, so were full of confidence.
With the best intentions where they dominated possession, they just could not make the breakthrough past a stubborn REM defense. The hosts had a few chances themselves but did take advantage of a big one, when they were awarded a penalty minutes before the intermission. Dimitri Mohamed put the ball on the spot and easily beat Thomas Kaminski between the sticks.
The loss puts the Kerels in twelfth place with five points while REM picks up three but remain at the bottom.
Kortrijk will hit the road again Friday night and travel up to Zulte-Waregem. The Flemish team is place behind KVK but even with points.
Genk 1 - 0 Anderlecht
Les Mauves travelled to Genk over the weekend hoping to right their ship after dropping five points in their last two games. American midfielder Kenny Saief started on the bench but made his season debut in the second half when he came on in the 64th minute for Dennis Appiah. The damage was already done by that time however.
After a scoreless tightly contested first half, the hosts came out with a purpose and that purpose was to find the back of the Anderlecht net. Things went according to plan because just four minutes after the restart the home fans were celebrating.
Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo sailed a cross from the right into a crowded box and picked out his Belgian team mate Sebastien Dewaest who struck it on the volley for the game's only goal.
Anderlecht currently sit in fourth place and another tough league game beckons as they host Standard Liege on Sunday afternoon. Before that however, they'll be flying down to Slovakia to take on Spartak Trnava in Europa League action on Thursday night.
Ethan Horvath didn't make the Club Brugge team sheet as they came out 2-1 winners over Sporting Lokeren at home. Next up they host Borussia Dortmund in Champions League action, followed by a weekend der by against KAA Gent.
Juan Pablo Torres was also left out in the cold for this game as he also didn't make it onto the Lokeren bench in the defeat. Next up however will be a home game vs. Mouscron.