MICHAEL ADUBATO - Wednesday, March 19, 2008
In the first leg of the Belgian Cup semifinal game, Standard took an early lead courtesy of Igor De Camargo, then doubled it with Dieumerci Mbokani's strike before the half.
The Buffaloes revival in the second half however saw them leave with a 2-2 scoreline, giving Gent the advantage going into the second leg.
Les Rouches dominated the first half and scored the opener 18 minutes into the game when their Brazilian front man succeeded in finding the back of the net after two earlier attempts went astray.
Assisted by American defender Oguchi Onyewu, the striker headed the first of the night past the Buffaloes keeper.
With the heavy assault on Gent's goal, Marcos Camazzoti, Mbokani and Reginal Goreux came close in a space of five minutes, but it was the ex-Anderlecht man who eventually scored Les Rouches' second in the 34th minute.
Gent got back into the game in the second half, pulling one back in the 69th minute on the break. Randall Azofeifa sent Rorys Aragon Espinoza the wrong way in the Liege goal, then Bryan Ruiz struck with just a minute remaining on the clock to bring the score level.
With Gent's two away goals in the bag, Standard will most likely have to win the game outright at Jules Otten Stadion on April 15th to advance to the final in Brussels. Up next for Les Rouches however will be a home game Sunday evening against RAEC Mons.