MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, March 2, 2021
The only Yanks to get on the field in the Pro League this past weekend Matt Miazga and Chris Durkin, with Miazga on the winning side and Durkin on the losing side in weekend Belgian action.
Standard Liege 1-3 Anderlecht
Matt Miazga returned to the starting lineup for Anderlecht and put in a very good performance as les Mauves returned to winning ways in the league after being shut out by Kortrijk their last time out. They did however win their Cup game in midweek against Molenbeek. Francis Amuzu scored in the first half the Kemar Lawrence did the same in the second half before les Rouches clawed one back late on. But it was Mohammed Dauda who put it all to bed late in stoppage time to give his team a much-needed three points to keep them in contention for a top-four play-off spot.
From a throw-in deep in Standard territory, Merveille Bokadi failed to clear the ball from the 18-yard box and Amuzu took advantage, pouncing on the loose ball and scoring from a very tight angle. Anderlecht created some more chances but it wasn't until the 71st minute when they increased their lead, thanks to Lawrence who hit the ball from the top of the D. Keeper Arnaud Bodart was slow to react and couldn't get a hand to the ball that made it into the back of the net. The deflection off a defender did help.
The hosts thought that they were back in the game with just seven minutes left on the clock when Selim Amallah move a move on his marker and let off a screamer from 18 yards out that gave Timon Wellenreuther no chance at making the save.
Four minutes into stoppage time Dauda found himself all alone inside the box when Amuzu crossed the ball to him and the striker from Ghana slotted it across the line to score his first goal for his new team.
With just five games left in the regular season, Anderlecht is just a point behind Oostende for that coveted fourth and final top play-off spot. They'll go up against ninth place Mechelen over the weekend but first, they have a Belgian Cup game to deal with midweek. This will be against Cercle Brugge.
Sint-Truiden 0-2 Eupen
Chris Durkin put in an 87-minute shift on Sunday night at the Stayen but the Canaries just could not find the back of the net as they lost by a pair of goals to Eupen. Sint-Truiden did out-shoot their visitors but the goals on either side of the half from Amara Baby and Smail Prevljak made all the difference.
After a tough first half, the first goal finally came when Adriano's cross found Baby and Baby found the back of the net in the 41st minute.
Early into the second half, the Canaries were gifted a goal but the gift was refused by Ilombe Mboyo, who was ruled offside by VAR. a gift of sorts was returned when Sint Truiden defender Jorge Teixeira was shown a straight red card for a foul on Knowledge Musona in the 61st minute. But Eupen didn't capitalize until the 89th minute when Bosnian striker Prevljak scored after being on the field for only three minutes.
Although in 15th place, Durkin and company are still too close for comfort in the relegation battle, so will need to collect some more points quickly. They'll head to Charleroi on Friday night and hope to leave with something.
Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge's visit down the road to take on Gent was postponed. They'll head to Liege to take on Standard in the Belgian Cup quarter-finals before returning to league action against Zulte-Waregem.
Joe Efford wasn't on the team sheet when Waasland-Beveren traveled to take on Cercle Brugge, where they lost by a 2-0 scoreline. Next up though is a Saturday home game against Beerschot.
Brendan Hines-Ike didn't take part as Kortrijk lost 2-1 at home to Zulte-Waregem. Up next is a trip to Antwerp for the Kerels.