KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 19, 2019
Only one American entered the field of play this weekend while the others were left out in the cold in Belgian weekend action.
Kortrijk 4 - 2 Anderlecht
Brendan Hines-Ike went the distance for KV Kortrijk as they upset Vincent Kompany's RSC Anderlecht who were once again without American midfielder Kenny Saief in their ranks.
Things started off well for the visitors where Vincent Kompany's latest acquisition made his debut. Belgian international, Nacer Chadli came to Anderlecht on loan from Monaco this month. But it was former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri netting after 26 minutes when Michel Vlap's cross into the box from picked out the Frenchman who scored from six yards out.
The score stayed this way until the 53rd minute when Kortrijk were awarded a penalty that Ilombe Mboyo easily tucked away. The hosts then took the lead four minutes later when Julien De Sart sent a high pass into a crowded box that found the head of second half sub Herve Kage.
Anderlecht, who dominated possession found themselves on level terms just nine minutes later when they were awarded a penalty of their own which Vlap converted. If les Mauves felt that the game was turning their way, then they were sadly mistaken because two more unanswered Kerels' goals put the game to bed.
To put them ahead, it was Mboyo again, this time in the 73rd minute when he found himself at the end of a cross and tucked it inside the far post as the defense was caught napping. After the Kinshasa-born Belgian's brace, Kortrijk-born Kristof D'Haene hit the ball from such a tight angle that found the inside netting for the finale.
The win moves Hines-Ike's team up to sixth place with seven points after four games. They'll go for another three over the weekend when they head east to take on Standard Liege at the Sclessin.
Meanwhile, Anderlecht will lick their wounds for a few days before heading to take on the reigning Belgian champions in Genk on Friday evening. It is highly unlikely that Saief will be joining them.
Ethan Horvath remained on the bench for Club Brugge who played a very good defensive game but were unable to score against an Eupen side that have yet to record a win so far this season. Although they dropped two points, they still hold onto the top spot with a superior goal difference over Royal Antwerp.
This weekend Club will try to get back to winning ways when they cross the Belgian linguistic border and travel to Wallonia to take on Charleroi.
Union Saint Gilloise stayed at home on Sunday as they beat Sporting Lokeren by three games to one. Isiah Young was not on the team sheet but hopefully he'll get to make his debut this coming weekend when Les Unionistes head north to take on Beerschot.