Antwerp has the defeat against leader Racing Genk flushed with a victory on the field of Standard. Antwerp remains as third, while Standard with a lean 2 on 12 out of the top six is likely to fall.
For the most part of the Antwerp basisploeg was the trip to Sclessin a reunion with their ex-club. With Sinan Bolat, Daniel Opare, Dino Arslanagic, Jelle van Damme, Dieumerci Mbokani and Jonathan Bolingi were indeed less than six (!) ex-players of Standard in the preparation of Laszlö Bölöni, also an ex-coach of Standard. And also to coach Vedran Runje, team manager Frédéric Leidgens and sports director Luciano D’onofrio was there still more people with a Liege past, present along the side of Antwerp.
Both clubs had something to prove. Antwerp, handsome third in the Jupiler Pro League, had the back rights after the painful loss against leader Racing Genk last Wednesday (2-4). The home team had again hoogdringend with earnings thoughts after a meager 2 to 9, while the loss from Thursday, when Zulte Waregem – the penultimate – is still fresh in the memory. Both teams knew what was at stake and started quietly to the party. Cimirot struck after nine minutes be all touch, but the goal was rightly disallowed for offside.
Two minutes later Antwerp again startled. Bolat threw the leather in the direction of Opare, but stumbled, ran a injury and played the ball to lose to Lestienne. Bolat has seemed to get worse for the visitors, Opare could not continue and was immediately exchanged for Aurélio Buta. Standard didn’t wait long to have another warning shot to fire: on the quarter hour struck Marin on the pole.
VAR puts ball on the dot
After a difficult start stronger Antwerp quietly in the contest. Pepper and salt were missing, but for a long time at Sclessin. Until just before the break, when Dieumerci Mbokani – loud uitgefloten by the thuisaanhang – a huge opportunity missed. The Congolese stiftte the ball over Ochoa, but his attempt ended up incomprehensible to the pole. A moment later, it was still touch, and once again it was Mbokani involved: the striker went to the ground after a nudge of Fai, ref Lambrechts explained after brief consultation with the VAR the ball on the dot. Refaelov missed: 0-1, and that just before the break.
Just after the break, there was no improvement in the Standard, that clearly does not stay knew with the defensive block of Antwerp. Opportunities on both sides were scarce, husky duels were there in abundance. Fifteen minutes before the end brought there was still some hope for Standard after a good pass from Marin on Lestienne. His control was perfect, the finish is a lot less: the ball whizzed over the goal.
Standard tried in the slotkwartier still have something to force, but to really great opportunities came the Rouches not more. On the other side there was, however, still some risk. Luminary Egor Nazaryna got the ball aangespeeld of Didier Lamkel Zé, but took aim at the lat. A few minutes later, scored Lamkel Them yourself after Mbokani with the head extended. Lamkel They omspeelde Ochoa and worked cold-blooded. Laifis if just outside the penalty area one last time to try on behalf of the home team, but in vain: 0-2 was the final score.