MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, September 14, 2020
Joe Efford registered an assisted as Waasland Beveren went down in heavy loss to Club Brugge, while Chris Durkin and Sint Truiden fell short in a loss to Royal Antwerp.
Club Brugge 4-1 Waasland Beveren
It could have been Yank vs Yank in this Belgian Pro League game but as usual Ethan Horvath continues to deputize for former Liverpool shot stopper, Simon Mignolet, so he had to watch from the bench as his Club side soundly defeated
Joe Efford and his Beveren boys.
It was always going to be a tough game for the team that finished at the bottom of the league last season and it took only 16 minutes before they were a goal behind, courtesy of a penalty converted by Hans Vanaken. W-B showed some fight and reaped the reward on the half hour mark when Efford set up his team mate, Daan Heymans. Parity lasted all of nine minutes with Vanaken's second of the night.
If Beveren thought that they might get something out of this trip to the Jan Breydel Stadium, five minutes after the restart they probably thought differently because Nigerian David Okereke increased the lead by another goal.
Efford called it a day in the minute, being replaced by Din Sula but the Albanian couldn't help the team get back into the game either. As a matter of fact, with just a half dozen minutes left until the full 90, Club put the game to bed with Czech substitute Michael Krmencik's first goal of the season.
Efford and company will try again on Saturday when they welcome Anderlecht, while Club makes the short trip to Zulte-Waregem.
Sint Truiden 2-3 Royal Antwerp
Chris Durkin went the distance for the Canaries but it was in a losing effort where they twice took the lead, only to let it slip away both times.
The hosts got off to a great start where Lee Seung-Woo easily beat keeper Jean Butez in the very first minute for the lead. The lead only last a quarter of an things were all square. Norwegian Simen Juklerod buried the ball into the back of the net for his first goal of the night and of the new season.
But it only took another seven minutes before Lee scored yet again after some shabby defending, to get the lead back. In the 33rd minute, things were square yet again. Juklerod provided the assist for Abdoulaye Seck and that's how it ended after the first 45 minutes.
The second half was not up to the excitment of the first half but things did take a turn when Antwerp's Dylan Batubinsika was shown a second yellow card and gave their hosts a man advantage for the final 20 minutes. They were unable to
take advantage however. Playing with jsut 10 men didn't seem to affect the Grand Old. Things only got better for them when their Norwegian striker stuck again with just a couple of minutes on the clock to seal the victory and steal a point from the Canaries.
They will get to try again when head to the Venice of the North to take on Cercle Brugge.
Back from injury Brendan Hines-Ike made the team sheet for Kortrijk on Sunday night but was an unused sub as his team came out on top in their derby against Excel Mouscron. All three goals in the 3-0 victory came in the second half. Hopefully the American will have regained enough fitness to feature this coming weekend when the Kerels make the long trip east to take on Standard Liege.