MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, August 12, 2019
It was a weekend of missing Yanks in Belgium as only Brendan Hines-Ike saw action in the Pro League, helping his team secure their first win over the weekend.
Cercle Brugge 1 - 3 Kortrijk
Brendan Hines-Ike and Kortrijk headed north to take on the other Brugge team, Cercle, who share the Jan Breydel Stadium with Club Brugge. With the American in the heart of the defense, it was third time lucky for the Kerels as they came away with their first win in this young Pro League season.
Things didn't start out well because after just 18 minutes Sebastien Bruzzese was picking the ball out of the back of the KVK net. Johanna Olomo charged into the box with the ball at his feet and as he was being closed down Hines-Ike, spotted the run of Idris Saadi, who slotted just inside the near post to take the early lead. The score stayed this way as the referee blew for half time. It could have been a lot worse for the visitors however because in the Kortrijk half a tripping foul was ignored by the referee and Cercle ended up putting the ball past Bruzzese again. VAR was consulted and the foul was given, cancelling out the goal.
It must have been a very inspiring team talk by Coach Yves Vanderhaeghe because only four minutes into the second half the score was levelled. A free kick was sent into the 18 yard box and then back out, falling to Abdul Ajagun who struck it from the top of the D and watched it fly by a diving Loic Badiashile. A half dozen minutes, aided by sloppy Cercle defending, Hannes Van der Bruggen gave the Kerels a lead that they would not surrender.
From a free kick between the corner flag and the edge of the 18 yard box, four Cercle defenders in the box fell asleep and allowed Herve Kage acres of space to score a free header from 4 yards out as the clock showed 90 minutes played.
Kortrijk will stay at home this weekend when they welcome an Anderlecht side that is still yet to win a game.
Kenny Saief remains in the purple wasteland, as he was again not on the team sheet for Anderlecht's home game against Pro League newcomers, KV Mechelen. Les Mauves had to again settle for a point as player coach Vincent Kompany is finding it hard to register a win since his return to Belgium. He is trying though, at the same time taking away any chance that Saief might have regaining a place on the team sheet since Belgian international Nacer Chadli has just joined Anderlecht on loan from Monaco.
They'll get another chance on Saturday, with or without Saief, when they travel to Kortrijk to face Hines-Ike and company.
Ethan Horvath was on the bench, a place where he'll most likely spend the rest of his Club career deputizing for Simon Mignolet, as the team travelled to the coast and soundly defeated KV Oostende by a 2-0 score line. The win leaves the Brugge team as the only undefeated side in the league, having collected all 9 points on offer.
They should easily bring that tally to 12 on Friday night when the penultimate team in the standings, Eupen, makes the long bus ride to Jan Breydel Stadium.
After the first two weeks of the Belgian First Division B, Isaiah Young's whereabouts are a mystery as he's yet to see his name on the team sheet for Union Saint Gilloise. Things have been going well for the team however as they scraped a 1-0 victory on the road against Excelsior Virton over the weekend.
They'll play a Sunday matinee at home against Lokeren and look to steal all the points against the recently regulated Flemish team.