RECAP: WEEKEND BELGIAN ACTION
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MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, September 28, 2020
Joe Efford found the back of the net for Waasland-Beveren in a losing effort, while Chris Durkin also put in the time but saw his team come away with no points in weekend Belgian Pro League action.

Mechelen 2-0 Sint-Truiden

Chris Durkin played an 84-minute shift for the Canaries on the road as they suffered at shut out at the hands of de Kakkers of Mechelen. The loss came at the hands of Aster Vranckx's second half brace. The Belgian must have been quite pleased with himself for securing the points after he missed a sitter against Oostende a couple of weeks ago, costing the team a point. The win was Mechelen's first home win of the season.

The game was occasionally entertaining in the first half although it ended without the rippling of either net. The Canaries started well but were lacking shots on goal. As a matter of fact, they had only one serious effort. Overall however, Mechelen dominated overall but lacked the ability and marksmanship in front of goal.

The breakthrough eventually came on the hour mark. Swede Kerim Mrabti was giving the visitor's defenders all kinds of problems and on this occasion, he picked out his team mate Vranckx who saw his shot fly past Kenny Steppe in STVV's goal.
The 17-year-old winger was at it again a few minutes later. He found himself in front of the penalty area when he held off his defender, turned and light up the scoreboard yet again. Sint Truiden's response was hardly worth mentioning, as they faded into the sunset. They will get a crack at breaking their three game losing streak when they welcome Brendan Hines-Ike and KV Kortrijk to the Stayen.

Beerschot 3-2 Waasland-Beveren

Things got off to a great start for Waasland-Beveren with a pair of goals in the first 15 minutes but their hosts scored one before the half and then a couple after the intermission to come from behind and snatch all of the points.

Having lost their last two games, the strategy for this one seemed to be to keep the defense solid. Scoring goals hasn't been a problem for the Lions, but conceding them has. They allowed eight goals in those last two games. Playing a team that sits in second place, it would be a tough game.

Beerschot started off on the attack immediately against a five-man defensive wall and for the first ten minutes had possession in the attacking third but couldn't breach the defense. It was on the counter attack that Beveren did just that. Jur Schryvers picked out Joe Efford who made his way into the box and although a tight angle, the American front man got the ball past Mike Vanhamel between the sticks to register his second strike of the season. three minutes later Daan Heymans scored his sixth in seven games to double the lead.

The hosts didn't give up however and kept pushing to get on the scoreboard, although the visitors had parked the bus in front of their goal. They could breathe a bit easier however when three minutes before the half, Tarik Tissoudali, going one on one with the Beveren keeper, easily beat him.

Things carried on the same way going into the second half, with the Lions happy to let their opponents pass the ball around. On another break, they could have increased the lead but Ryan Sanusi did make his header count. Efford then had a chance a minute later.

Things were all square in the 79th minute when Jamaican born Japanese substitute Musashi Suzuki scored from the right flank past Nordin Jackers, who really should have done better. Then deep into stoppage time, Loris Brogno managed to nod another one past Jackers to seal the victory in the 96th minute.

The loss leaves Efford and team in relegation trouble about just seven games. But they'll go again over the weekend against Genk, who haven't been having a great season themselves.

Notes

Brendan Hines-Ike never got off the bench when Kortrijk hosted Royal Antwerp on Friday night. They probably could have used him to shore up the defense that let in three goals, including an OG by new defensive signing Trent Salisbury. The Australian had a debut to forget. Antwerp added two more goals of their own in the last ten minutes of the game. The loss still leaves the Kerels in the top half of the table, in the eighth spot. They'll have a chance to move up this weekend when they head east to play Sint Truiden.

Ethan Horvath continued in his back-up role to Belgian international Simon Mignolet and got to watch the Battle of Brugge from the bench. Club came out on top over Cercle with a 2-1 win. Next up for Club will be against their fierce rivals, Anderlecht at home.
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