Standard keeps Club stuck at 1-1

1-1 at Jan Breydel in a game that saw an early Standard lead through Samuel Bastien, only to see the score leveled by David Okereke also early on in the second half. Despite a number of chances, Blauw-Zwart was unable to grab the full loot against a cocky Standard de Liège.

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Two changes to the team that slid against PSG on Tuesday: captain Ruud Vormer – out suspended against PSG – reclaimed his place in the Starting XI at the expense of Charles De Ketelaere. Up front, David Okereke was preferred over Emmanuel Dennis. In Obbi Oulare and Maxime Lestienne, two Standard players returned to Jan Breydel.

Odilon Kossounou sustituyó al lesionado Mata
Odilon Kossounou sustituyó al lesionado Mata

With Standard still playing the Europa League on Thursday, coach Preud’homme allowed some players rest so they would be fit for the game against Club. This paid off in spades, as the Liège outfit started out great. An early threat with a deep ball to Amallah was extinguished by Mignolet, but four minutes later the goalie conceded a fourth goal in the league. Bastien beat Mata to the ball and went round him only to put the leather past Mignolet to make it 0-1.

Éder Balanta y Diagne entraron en la segunda mitad
Éder Balanta y Diagne entraron en la segunda mitad
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Club tried taking matters in hand after that, but the build-up was too haphazard to really break open a solid Standard organisation. Apart from a Vanaken long range shot, Blauw-Zwart hardly created any danger. To make matters even worse, Mata was forced to leave the pitch injured, replaced by Odilon Kossounou. Club was in possession, but creating chances was oh so difficult. And as so often in football, the best chance was for the defending team, seeing Oulare's header go just over with seconds on the clock in the first half.

The steamroller named Club Brugge never really set off in the first half, and coach Philippe Clement reacted, bringing on Eder Balanta end Mbaye Diagne for Mats Rits and Percy Tau. With immediate effect too: Balanta found Vormer on the right hand side, superbly producing a cross to the centre with one fine touch, where David Okereke scored the equaliser straight from kick-off.

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A goal that would give Club wings, as several chances now followed: Diatta's shot went over, Diagne headed Sobol's cross wide of target, Balanta's shot got blocked, Diatta's header went across goal, and a long range snapper by Diagne was duly punched into corner kick by Bodart. Apart from a shot by Mpoku neutralised by Mignolet, Standard had trouble finding its way to goal. Not so for Blauw-Zwart, pushing on and trying to score that second: Diatta's long range cracker whizzed over, while Vanaken's goal was cancelled out due to preceding off-side.

David Okereke marcó el gol del empate
David Okereke marcó el gol del empate

The score still level, the game was tense on both ends of the pitch now. Diagne saw his header go over, whiel Avenatti aimed his effort just wide of target. The best chance came with seconds on the clock: a scrimmage in front of goal ended up with Okereke whose shot seemed goalbound, but somehow ended up against Diagne's back to go just wide. The 1-1 remained unchanged, just like the gap between the two teams in the table. 

Jupiler Pro League – Match day 12

Audience: 28,000 – Jan Breydel Stadium

Ref: Mr. Lawrence Visser

Club Brugge: Simon Mignolet – Clinton Mata (30’ Odilon Kossounou), Brandon Mechele, Simon Deli – Krépin Diatta, Ruud Vormer, Mats Rits (46’ Éder Balanta), Hans Vanaken, Eduard Sobol - Percy Tau (46’ Mbaye Diagne), David Okereke. Bench: Ethan Horvath, Jelle Vossen, Matej Mitrović, Siebe Schrijvers, Federico Ricca, Emmanuel Dennis, Loïs Openda and Charles De Ketelaere. Coach: Philippe Clement.

Standard: Arnaud Bodart – Mergim Vojvoda, Zinho Vanheusden, Konstantinos Laifis, Nicolas Gavory – Paul-José Mpoku, Samuel Bastien, Selim Amallah (70’ Aleksandar Boljevic), Gojko Cimirot, Maxime Lestienne (92’ Duje Cop) – Obbi Oulare (61’ Felipe Avenatti). Coach: Michel Preud’homme.

Yellow: Gavory, Balanta, Bodart.

Red: none.

Goals: 4’ Bastien (0-1), 47’ Okereke (1-1).

 

Text by: Steven Floin (sv)

Club Brugge - Standard 27-10-2019

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