MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge couldn't follow up with their big win at midweek as they fell to Leuven while Matt Miazga and Anderlecht cruised past Kortrijk.
OH Leuven 2 - 1 Club Brugge
Ethan Horvath was again between the sticks for Club as they traveled east to Leuven and fell to OHL. To be fair to the visitors, they were without three players, including Simon Mignolet, who had tested positive for COVID-19. Coach Philippe Clement also had his eye on this Wednesday's visit from Lazio as he rested captain Ruud Vormer and the team's best goal-getters Emmanuel Dennis and Charles De Ketelaere.
Both teams scored in the first half and neither were from open play but from the penalty spot. It was however Club who had the first chance when Siebe Schrijvers had his fine effort saved by Rafael Romo between the sticks. Hans Vanaken then charged into the penalty box and was pulled down but the referee looked the other way.
Duplus fired a great shot at the top corner but Horvath saw it early and was able to make the save. Mathieu Maertens then easily went down in the box when challenged by Eduard Sobol. This time the referee did give the penalty and Thomas Henry beat the American
The goal didn't deflate the Blue/Blacks and they went on the attack, creating several chances including diving saves to deny Schrijvers, Krepin Diatta and YoussouphBadji. The attacks were relentless but the backline and keeper were up to the task.
In the 45th minute Club got their deserved equalizer when Vanaken was brought down and there was no way that the referee could deny this penalty. Noa Lang was given the honors and the Dutchman scored his first goal for his new team.
With all the attacking play that continued in the second half, it was hard to believe that the visitors couldn't score. What was harder to believe was that OHL did score. It was Mercier who found the back of the net but it was ruled offside. The VAR however overruled that decision and the goal stood. It came in the 57th minute.
In the end, Club just couldn't make the breakthrough and ended up with nothing to show for their efforts.
Simon Mignolet was tested negative over the weekend so is expected to return to action when Club hosts Lazio in Champions League action before returning to league play against Mechelen.
Kortrijk 1- 3 Anderlecht
Brendan Hines-Ike remains in the coach's bad books so had to settle for a place on the bench when KVK hosted Anderlecht and their American defender Matt Miazga.
The hosts got off to a very poor start and things really didn't get any better for the duration of the game. After just six minutes Peter Zulj got a shot off that Adam Jakubech should have but didn't hold onto. Lukas Nmecha however was on hand to beat the Slovak keeper.
KVK almost got themselves back into it ten minutes later Hannes Van der Bruggen got the ball at his feet and got off a decent shot but Hendrik van Crombrugge was on hand to make the save.
Although they had their chances, it was again Jakubech who was picking the ball out of the back of his net. Tau was left with time to measure his shot and put it past the Slovak at the half-hour mark to double the lead.
Twenty minutes into the second half the game was put to bed when the German, Nmecha struck his second of the night and fourth of the season so far. The Kerels could only manage a late consolation goal three minutes before 90 minutes was played. Ilombé Mboyo beat van Crombrugge from the penalty spot.
This coming weekend Anderlecht will stay at home when they host league leaders Royal Antwerp, while Kortrijk travels to take on Zulte-Waregem.
Chris Durkin didn't make the team sheet for Sint Truiden as the Canaries pulled off a big victory against Standard Liege, winning 2-0 at home. They'll go again on the 1st of November when they travel to Mouscron.
Waasland-Beveren's Sunday afternoon game at Charleroi was postponed and will be made up at a later date, so Joe Efford got the weekend off. Next game however they'll host Gent, a team that has been struggling this season.