MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Chris Durkin continues to fly the American flag in Belgium as he was the only Yank to see game time, while recently injured Joe Efford is on the mend and made the bench for Waasland-Beveren.
Sint Truiden 0-0 KV Oostende
Chris Durkin put in a full shift for the Canaries in a goal-less game that saw seven yellow cards, a couple of red cards and a missed penalty.
With Monday night soccer returning to the Stayen, Sint Truiden were looking to get back to winning ways after their opening win over Gent and then their away defeat to Anderlecht last weekend. In the end they had to settle for just a solitary point and a clean sheet in a game where the tackles kept flying in and both teams finished the game with just 10 men.
The visitors applied the pressure from the starting whistle but as the home team quickly settled into the rhythm of the game, with Lee Seung-Woo and his Japanese strike partner Yuma Suzuki giving the defense headaches. Argentinian midfielder Santiago Colombatto thought he would open up the scoring but Guillaume Hubert between the Oostende sticks was up to the task.
Andrew Hjulsager was shown the first yellow after 18 minutes, which was followed by Lee's booking four minutes, which turned out to be Sint Truiden's only yellow card of the evening. But still the tackles kept flying in. Minutes before the half time whistle, Jorge Teixeira chased down Junior Sakala on the wing. Not only did he chase him down, but also brought him down with a late tackle that gave the referee no option but to show the Portuguese a straight red card.
The Canaries managed to compose themselves and held on to end the half scoreless but being a man up, the Coastal Boys pushed hard after the intermission for a goal. Arthur Theate should have scored with a header but the defense held firm throughout; that is until Ari Skúlason was brought down in the box. The referee missed this foul however CAR was consulted and the Icelandic defender was allowed to take the penalty that he earned. Although Kenny Steppe went the wrong way, the best that Skúlason could do was rattle the post and blow his chance of putting his team ahead.
Five minutes later things went from back to worse, when the referee showed an Oostende player the yellow card for sixth time in the game. Most unfortunate was the fact that it was Jelle Bataille's second yellow, so he was sent to the showers. The remaining 15 minutes of parity still couldn't produce the elusive and the game ended with the teams sharing the spoils.
Next up for Durkin and company will be a Saturday evening clash over in Eupen.
Waasland-Beveren played fellow hyphenated named team Zulte-Waregem on the road but unfortunately took a bit of a beating, losing by four goals to one. Joe Efford, who sustained a hamstring injury on Monday evening wasn't in the starting eleven; however, the young American did make the bench, so his injury turned out to be not as bad as originally feared. He should at least make the bench again next weekend when the Lions host OH Leuven. With another week of training behind him though, the Georgia native should return to the starting line-up.
Brendan Hines-Ike started Kortrijk's first two games of the season on the bench, but this weekend his name was nowhere on the team sheet as the Kerels played Eupen to a scoreless tie. They'll try again this coming Saturday when they head north to take on Cercle Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium.
Club Brugge hosted Beerschot on Sunday afternoon and Ethan Horvath continued in his role as deputy to Belgian international and former Liverpool shot stopper, Simon Mignolet. The league newcomers are certainly the surprise package of this early season as they defeated the Belgian champions 1-0 and are currently at the top of the standings. Club, on the other hand, have lost two of their three games already. Over the weekend however they'll take on Genk as they try to steady the ship.