MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Chris Durkin remains the only American in Belgium seeing action as Sint-Truiden suffered a narrow loss over the weekend to KV Oostende.
Chris Durkin played just over an hour for Sint-Truiden but the visitors came away with nothing from their trip to the Belgian coast where KV Oostende scored an early second half goal for the 1-0 victory.
Facundo Colidio rippled the net first for the Canaries but the linesman's flag went up and the goal was disallowed for off sides. The replay showed him to be on sides but the only opinion that matters is the referees. Oostende's front man from Mali, Adama Niane found himself in the same situation when he scored a very impressive goal only for the VAR to disallow it.
The goal finally came in the 58th minute when Junior Sakala was fortunate when defender Rocky Bushiri got on touch on the ball but it fell back into the path of Junior Sakala. The Zambian released his shot from inside the D and beat the STVV keeper.
Still holding down 10th place, Sint-Truiden will welcome Eupen to the Stayen on Saturday night.
Brendan Hines-Ike is still absent from the Kortrijk team sheet due to injury but the Kerels still played their socks off and came away with an upset victory over fourth place Standard Liege, beating Oguchi Onyewu's former team by 3 goals to 1 at the Guldensporen Stadium. Next up for KVK will be the home leg of the Belgian Cup semi-final against Royal Antwerp. The tie is all knotted at one goal apiece going into the decider.
Unfortunately there was no January transfer or loan deal for Kenny Saief who has been left in the Anderlecht wilderness since the start of the season. He took no part in Les Mauvres 1-0 victory over Royal Excel Mouscron on Sunday afternoon where 18 year old Antoine Colassin scored the winner in the 70th minute. Not that it matters but Anderlecht will travel to Gent on Friday night.
A loan deal never materialized for Ethan Horvath, who will continue to ride the pine until Simon Mignolet picks up an injury or goes back to showing his Liverpool form. Regardless, Club Brugge had a tough battle on their hands in front of their home crowd against Royal Antwerp. The game wasn't decided until six minutes before full time when Hans Vanaken hit the game winner to keep Club comfortably in first place. Up next will be a short trip to Zulte-Waregem on Wednesday night for the other Belgian Cup semi-final. The first leg also ended 1-1, so there is a place in the final possible for both sides.
Isaiah Young didn't take part when Union St Gilloise travelled to Lokeren and came away with all the points, winning the contest 2-0. They'll be on the road again this weekend when they travel to Excelsoir Virton.
Ethan Bryant didn't make the bench over the weekend for Roeselare as they lost on the road to OH Leuven. They'll try again this weekend when they host Beerschot-Wilrijk.