No nine out of nine for Standard at home. The Rouches lost the victory at Sclessin in the end after tampering at the back. Malinwa thus takes a deserved point, a few days after the departure of Steven Defour.
We immediately fast forward to minute 22 and the moment of the Liège lead. After a foul on Kanga, Kawabe was allowed to take a free kick. The Japanese painted the leather majestically over the wall and out of Coucke’s reach. 1-0 for Standard in what had been a poor first half until then. Although that would change.
Sowah left the score 2-0 a few seconds after the opening goal. The same Sowah got another opportunity and Kanga should also have scored, Coucke went flat. Mechelen also created opportunities. Lauberbach fired quite incomprehensibly from close range – the example of a striker with little confidence at the moment. Schoofs then encountered a fine Bodart, although the captain could have finished better. 1-0 after a pleasant first half at Sclessin.
In the second period it was mainly KV Mechelen that still thought about attacking. Bodart fell flat on a shot from Mrabti, the Swede also shot wide. Standard had to pay attention. The young Bafdili – who got his first starting spot – kicked too weakly after a good action. Malinwa didn’t seem to get any further, until Balikwisha played a ball back too short. Substitute Antonio took advantage and the ball reached Schoofs via Foulon. The captain worked quietly inside.
A division of points on Sclessin. And that will be especially good for Malinwa. Standard remains disappointed.
End of second half
Yellow card for Gaëtan Coucke
Yellow card for Elias Cobbaut
Yellow card for Zinho Vanheusden
1-1 GOAL by Rob Schoofs!
Then the equalizer. Balikwisha plays back too short and Antonio goes past Bodart. He plays Schoofs and he scores the 1-1.
Kamal Sowah is replaced by Stipe Perica
Hayao Kawabe is replaced by William Balikwisha
Yellow card for Mory Konaté
The Mechelen left back has a nice action in store and lashes out. The shot goes over.
Sandy Walsh is replaced by Jordi Vanlerberghe
Patrick Pflücke is replaced by Bill Leeroy Antonio
Ten more minutes
We enter the final phase at Sclessin. Will we get another Mechelen equalizer? Or will Standard deepen its lead?
Bilal Bafdili is replaced by Geoffry Hairemans
Lion Lauberbach is replaced by Norman Bassette
Bafdili on Bodart
A new opportunity for Mechelen, which really deserves an equalizer. Bafdili slides well past his opponent, but then kicks Bodart too weakly.
Isaac Hayden is replaced by Isaac Price
Steven Alzate is replaced by Aiden O’Neill
Lauberbach appears at the near post after a cross from Pflücke, the header goes over. The German also came into rude contact with Vanheusden during that match. Both need to be taken care of.
Mrabti just wide
Standard has to pay attention. After a beautiful pass from Schoofs, Mrabti finds himself in a one-on-one situation with Dewaele. The Swede cuts inside and targets the far corner. His attempt goes just wide.
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