MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Chelsea's loanee Matt Miazga played his first Belgian game while Joe Efford and Waasland-Beveren had their game postponed in weekend Pro League action.
Anderlecht 2-2 OH Leuven
Matt Miazga got his Anderlecht adventure underway by going the full 90 minutes in a game that les Mauvres let slip through their fingers after taking a two-goal lead in the first half. Yari Verschaeren found the back of the net in the 38th minute and Percy Tau used his head just before the half time whistle.
It was indeed a game of two halves because the second half belonged to OHL as they netted twice to steal a point from the Brussels based team. Frederic Duplus scored the first one, followed by the late equalizer Mathieu Maertens.
Anderlecht applied the pressure early and got off a couple of shots but at the same time the visitors weren't sitting back and Xavier Mercier was denied a goal by a half-decent Hendrik Van Crombrugge save. Soon afterward Kamal Sowah was also denied by the Belgian keeper.
The scoring began when Tau had the ball at his feet inside the 18-yard box with a pair of defenders putting the pressure on him when he picked out the run of Michael Murillo, the Panamanian collected the ball and centered it for Verschaeren who scored from seven yards out.
Bogdan Mykhaylichenko charged up the left-wing and looped his pass into the box where it was met by the head of his South African teammate.
In the second half, it was much of the same except for the fact that it was the visitors converting their chances. Mercier's free-kick from about 25 yards out was poorly cleared by Tau, thus allowing Deplus to score from six yards out, giving Van Crombrugge no chance at all in making a save.
In the 84th minute, Leuven completed their comeback to rescue a point from Maertens shot from distance. Before a defender could close him down, the Belgian got off the shot and tucked it into the top right-hand corner.
Miazga put in a good performance for his first game and he'll get to go at it again over the weekend when Anderlecht heads to Kortrijk in what could be a Yank vs Yank contest.
Chris Durkin came off the bench for Sint Truiden in the 62nd minute but the game was already over with Beerschot having scored five first-half goals. The Canaries did hit the back of the net before the intermission, however. They also scored twice more in the second half, leaving the final score 6-3 in favor of the newly promoted team from Antwerp. STVV haven't won a game since August but will try again over the weekend when they host fourth-place Standard Liege.
Brendan Hines-Ike missed Kortrijk's trip to Mechelen on Saturday where the Kerels came away with all the points, beating De Kakkers by a 2-1 scoreline. The win was their first in a month, having lost twice and drawn once after beating Mouscron back in early September.
Kortrijk will stay home on Friday night when they welcome Anderlecht and Miazga.
Simon Mignolet was again between the sticks for Club Brugge, leaving Ethan Horvath on the bench as Club and Standard Liege played to a 1-1 stalemate. Les Rouches rescued a point in the 93rd minute from the penalty spot.
The Brugge boys will start their Champions League adventures in midweek away to Zenit St Petersburg but will return to league action on Saturday night when they travel a much shorter distance to Leuven.
Joe Efford and Waasland-Bevern were to take on KV Oostende Monday night but the game has been postponed and will be played at a later date. On Sunday however, they'll head south into Wallonia to take on Sporting Charlero