MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Both Joe Efford and Matt Miazga saw action over the weekend however both Waasland-Beveren and Anderlecht could not overcome their opponents in weekend Belgian action
Beerschot 2-1 Anderlecht
Having returned from international duty, Matt Miazga slotted back into the Anderlecht backline but it was a day to forget as they went behind the second-place team Beerschot, by a pair of goals and could only score a late consolation one before the final whistle.
Beerschot came flying out of the starting gate and piled the pressure on Miagza and les Mauves defense where they even created a couple of good chances in the first 10 minutes. Ismaila Coulibaly had his shot blocked by a defender while Raphael Holzhauser's curler beat everybody but the crossbar. Anderlecht was less impressive on their counter attacks where the chances were created but both times the flag went up for offsides for Lukas Nmecha and then Percy Tau.
The well-deserved goal came in the 29th minute when Tarik Tissoudali picked out Ismaila Coulibaly and the Mali man shot from the edge of the 18-yard box, netting his third team goal as this one went through the legs of the German keeper, Timon Wellenreuther.
Anderlecht could have gotten back into the game with minutes left to the first half but Albert Sambi Lokonga‘s shot just cleared the top of the bar.
It only too five minutes after the restart for the hosts to double their lead. Tissoudali was fouled in the box and Holzhauser put the ball on the spot, shot and watched Wellenreuther make the save. Unfortunately for the Anderlecht keeper it fell kindly for the spot kicker and he calmly netted the rebound.
The final goal, too little and too late, came from Nmecha in the 87th minute. The loss was les Mauves first since early October and leaves the team in seventh place with their next game a Sunday afternoon matinee against archrivals Standard Liege.
Waasland-Beveren 0-2 Cercle Brugge
Joe Efford put in a 75-minute shift at the Freethiel Stadium but was unable to make a difference as his Lions surrendered a goal in each half to their visitors where Ike Ugbo netted both for Cercle.
In the very first minute, the hosts looked threatening when a free-kick from Aboubakary Koita was impressively saved by Thomas Didillon between the sticks. Brendan Schoonbaert had a great chance soon after from a corner but hit the post. Unfortunately, there was nobody around to collect the rebound and claim a goal. Halfway through the first both Georges Mandjeck and Efford threatened.
The net didn't ripple however until a couple of minutes before the intermission when a cross was sent into the box and ended up with Ugbo as the Nigerian put his team in the lead.
As Beveren attacked, Cercle bided their time and waited for possible counter-attacks. Eight minutes from time they were successful as Ugbo struck again in the 82nd minute, thereby ending any hopes of the hosts getting anything from this game.
Sitting one spot from the bottom, Efford and his team will have to start collecting some points if they plan to avoid relegation. They'll go up against Oostende next on Tuesday night in a midweek clash.
Club Brugge hosted Kortrijk on Saturday evening and neither Ethan Horvath for Club nor Brendan Hines-Ike for Kortrijk got off their respective benches. It was Brugge that came away with a 1-0 win in a hard-fought contest with the only goal coming on the hour mark.
Next up for Club will be a midweek Champions League clash against Giovanni Reyna and Borussia Dortmund before returning to league action over the weekend when they take on Excel Mouscron. Kortrijk will welcome the seasiders from Oostende on Sunday evening.