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JPL Round 4: RMP give Standard a Royal hammering

Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz 5-2 Standard Liège
Club Brugge 1-1 Cercle Brugge

KV Kortrijk 1-1 Racing Genk
KV Oostende 2-0 KV Mechelen
Charleroi 2-2 Waasland-Beveren
Lokeren 2-0 Lierse

KAA Gent 3-1 Zulte Waregem
Westerlo 2-2 Anderlecht

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Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz 5-2 Standard Liège

Many of Standard’s team are injured and most of those who aren’t were saved for Zenit in midweek. Though not yet 100%,  Tony Watt got his first start and his senior strike partner Igor De Camargo thundered in a volley to put Standard ahead. What followed was truly remarkable though. Mouscron began to stretch the unfamiliar Standard side, first Diaby equalising before Badri’s shot somehow squirmed into the net. Diaby made it three after half an hour and despite Watt grabbing one back with a superb long range effort ,the constant running from Mouscron made the win seem somehow inevitable. Not even new signing Jeff Louis or fellow substitute Paul-José Mpoku could turn the tide. Delacourt’s header made it 4-2 before Badri got his second and finished off the scoring as Mouscron broke from a Standard corner. B-team or not, Guy Luzon will not accept that level of performance from a team with Champions League ambitions. Rachid Chihab’s side look like one for the neutrals to enjoy this term with Steeven Langil particularly impressive.

Club Brugge 1-1 Cercle Brugge

Club Brugge started brightly and were enjoying the majority of the ball from the outset. It was no surprise when the in-form Nicolas Castillo gave Blauw-Zwart the lead – the Chilean controlling Thomas Meunier’s cross on his chest before poking the ball past the onrushing Werner. Lorenzo Staelens, however, must have had some choice words to say at half time as Cercle looked a different outfit after the break. The match become more competitive, and more heated as a result, and when Fernando misplaced a pass Bačelić-Grgić seized on it and played in Kabananga for an unlikely equaliser. Castillo missed an injury time winner, blazing over after going one on one with the goalkeeper.

KV Kortrijk 1-1 Genk

Genk dominated Lokeren last week but failed to find a breakthrough in a 0-0 draw but it was Kortrijk who pushed the envelope in this encounter. Attacking in waves, Yves Vanderhaeghe is slowly getting the message through to his charges. Genk goalkeeper Bizot was left red faced on the half hour mark as he misjudged Ulens’ cross-cum-shot and fell into his own net whilst holding the ball. The goal seemed to awaken Genk, whose misfiring strikeforce Vossen and Mboyo began to show glimpses of what they are capable of. Genk equalised when Julien Gorius’ cross from the left was headed in from close range by Mboyo against his former club. Both teams had chances to win the match as Bizot did his best to redeem himself but a draw seemed a fair result on reflection.

Lokeren 2-0 Lierse

Lokeren warmed up for their upcoming Europa League match with Hull City with a win over Lierse. The visitors were missing star striker Keita and so it fell to former Everton man Apostolos Vellios to lead the line. After debutant Besart Abdurahimi was felled in the box by El Messaoudi, and Mijat Maric calmly scored a penalty, it was always going to be an uphill battle for Lierse. Only a few minutes later Vanaken found Nill de Pauw, who in turn found the smart run of Abdurahimi and a confident finish meant Lokeren were 2-0 up just after 20 minutes. Lierse forward Wamberto seemingly saw the funny side of his straight red card for a potentially dangerous challenge although his coach Stanley Menzo appeared rather less thrilled with the match as a whole.

KV Oostende 2-0 Mechelen

KV Mechelen followed up last week’s collapse against Kortrijk with another defeat, this time to Oostende. Impressive newcomber Sofiane Hanni had a goal ruled out for offside with even slow motion replays not making the decision clear. It took the introduction of Ruytinx and Wilmet to spark the breakthrough for the home team. Wilmet’s freekick from deep found the free head of De Schutter in the box and his bouncing effort beat Biebauw. Minutes later Ruytinx made some space for himself and a defence splitting ball from Ruiz gave him time to secure the three points. Mechelen have certainly come back to earth after their opening win against Genk.

Charleroi 2-2 Waasland-Beveren

Neither of these sides have looked particularly good so far and a point did neither of them much good. Saglik gave Charleroi an early lead with a volley in the area, a mishit from Kitambala morphing into an unlikely assist. Les Carolos looked in control, much like last week against Westerlo but once again managed to throw it away. Maric, who came on in the first half to replace the injured Oumarou, floated in a corner that Destorme headed past Mandanda. Henkens rattled the crossbar just after as Waasland-Beveren assumed control before an innocuous handball by Destorme gave Charleroi a penalty and Rossini restored Les Zèbres’ advantage. A goalmouth scramble in stoppage time resulted in a Maric goal. At least Charleroi now have a point!

KAA Gent 3-1 Zulte Waregem

De Buffalo’s once again came from behind to win at home. It was a surprise when Idrissa Sylla gave Essevee a half-time lead having scored the rebound from his own header though Sven Kums had a penalty saved against his former side. Gent boss Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s decision to introduce Habib Habibou and Danijel Milicevic paid dividends. Habibou equalised after good work from strike partner Depoître before an error from makeshift centreback Skúlason saw Milicevic go clear and beat Bossut with help from the inside of the post. Habibou, already booked for one dive, then dubiously won a penalty, which he was desperate to take against a club who were glad to get rid of him. Milicevic ended up scoring his second before an irate Skúlason capped a miserable day with a red card after furiously protesting that Habibou deserved a red for another dive.

Westerlo 2-2 Anderlecht

Steven Defour was present in het Kuipje but had to take his place in the crowd having not been registered in time. He’ll have noticed a banner put up by a section of the travelling support, which said “Once a zero, always a zero | No to Defour.” A bright Sporting start gave way to Westerlo taking the lead through an Mbemba own goal. The centreback beat Kevin Geudens to the ball but  the home skipper wasn’t to be denied when he headed in Mitch Apau’s outstanding cross to make it 2-0. Half-time substitute Matias Suárez then teed up Cyriac who pulled a goal back. Youri Tielemans equalised from the spot after Maxime Annys’ handball but while Anderlecht pinned back Westerlo, they were unable to maintain their 100% record.




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