MICHAEL ADUBATO - Sunday, December 6, 2009
Niko Gkionis got the nod for Royal Liege but Laurent Manuel was left in the Ostende wilderness in weekend Belgian soccer action.

Royal Liege 1 - 1 Turnhout

New Jersey native Niko Gkionis started for the second week in a row for Liege and went 70 minutes but they were unable to pick up a game winner in front of the home crowd with the contest ending one apiece.

Turnhout took the early lead when Dutch midfielder Henny Noyen collected a cross on the top of the box with his back to goal, swiveled and found the back of the net ten minutes before the interval. Liege could have scored first however when Gkionis played a through ball to winger Sofiene el Khadri but the Belgian's cross was just out of reach of the advancing strikers.

El Khadri did make amends however in the second half because it was his cross on the hour mark that found Domenico Bruzzese's head, allowing the defender to nod it in for the equalizer.

With a rare point, Les Sang et Marine still find themselves at the bottom of the standings but will look to improve when they travel to league newcomers Boussu Dour Borinage on Sunday afternoon. Boussu currently sit in the 13th spot, nine points better off than Liege.


Laurent Manuel was not on the team sheet as Ostende battled to a 2-2 tie against Wetteren.