19-year-old Doumbia gives Antwerp a gem of a victory at Standard, which is gradually fearing relegation play-offs: “Sitting in a shit situation” | Transfers


Businesslike and efficient. Antwerp did not win a beauty prize at Sclessin. But in the end it is the three points that count. A boost for the arrival of Club Brugge next Sunday.

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One topic of discussion in advance in the Sclessin press room. Vermeeren who got his chance from Diego Simeone and was in the starting line-up for Atlético Madrid. ‘Arturo’ would eventually play forty-five minutes for his new club.

His old team…. Antwerp went to Liège with a bad feeling after the defeat in Eupen. And above all: without the suspended Vincent Janssen. The Dutchman is always important for this Great Old. With his experience, his calmness, his zest for work. Janssen was missed against Standard.

The national champion played football against the Rouches without inspiration for a long time. The first half was – we weigh our words – particularly mediocre. The national champion lacked quality. Individual actions failed, the passing was unkempt, opportunities were not put together. Antwerp kicked once between the posts before half time. A weak shot from Alderweireld. Standard didn’t even have to make an effort to stay upright. On the contrary. The people of Liège had the best (half) opportunities. Balikwisha first kicked Butez too hastily and aimed wide a little later. Kanga’s attempt was turned into a corner by the Antwerp goalkeeper. Ivan Leko now also knows what one of the problems of this Standard is: little to no scoring ability.

The Rouches continued their momentum after the break. Djenepo tested Butez’s fists, Balikwisha threatened a few times in the box and Fossey’s shot was blocked.

Antwerp played football in survival mode until just after the hour. And then strike mercilessly. Mahamadou Doumbia reacted quickest to a falling ball and kicked it hard. Bodart stood there and looked at it. Nothing to complain about. The nineteen-year-old midfielder was in the starting line-up for Antwerp for the first time.

Doumbia came over from JMG Bamako in his home country Mali last summer. He played with presence and overview. Apart from his goal, he made a good turn.

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Sclessin responded with Bengal fire and fireworks to express their dissatisfaction. A one-off action by the home fans – referee Van Driessche did not stop the match. But it remains an unfortunate trend. Standard’s reaction on the field was less fierce than in the stands. Doumbia’s goal was a hammer blow, played in the minds of the players. Faith suddenly seemed completely gone. Antwerp controlled, consolidated, defended and occasionally tried to counter. The national champion radiated businesslikeness after the 0-1. And it worked out well five minutes before the end when Kanga hit the post. Football is a game where a millimeter can make the difference. Keita picked up his second yellow card. Standard’s power play in injury time yielded nothing.

Antwerp took what it came to Liège for: the three points. The method is secondary at this point. Van Bommel and co remain firmly in the top six due to the victory. The clash with Club Brugge is scheduled for Sunday afternoon for Tribe Number One. In an undoubtedly thunderous Tawny Owl. Without the suspended Mandela Keita – another setback for Van Bommel. With a well-rested Vincent Janssen. That makes a difference. And Arturo? That evening he will play the Clasico with Atlético Madrid in the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.

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End of second half


Moussa Djenepo is replaced by Kamal Sowah


Chidera Ejuke is replaced by Kobe Corbanie


Red card (second yellow card) for Mandela Keita

Antwerp is down with one man. Keita commits a foul and receives a second yellow card.


Yellow card for Chidera Ejuke


Kanga on the post

The final offensive appears to have begun. Perica gives in badly to Kanga, who still makes something of it. His curl hits the post.


Gyrano Church is replaced by Arbnor Muja


Mahamadou Doumbia is replaced by Jacob Ondrejka


Noubi about

Another goal attempt from Standard. Noubi is able to head on a corner kick from Alzate. The header goes over.


Liège goal danger

The Rouches had started the second half well, actually deserved a lead, but then Doumbia scored. After that goal, Standard didn’t have a chance to play football together again.


Souleyman Doumbia is replaced by Gilles Dewaele


Yellow card for Kostas Laifis


Just over fifteen minutes

Standard still has fifteen minutes, plus extra time, to avoid defeat. Due to the victories of OHL and Charleroi, the distance to thirteenth place is only three points for the Rouches.


Hakim Sahabo is replaced by Stipe Perica


We’re playing football again

After a break of a few minutes, we play football again.



The Standard fans shoot off fireworks – just like before the match. Referee Van Driessche calls the captains of both teams to him.

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0-1 GOAL by Mahamadou Doumbia!

Out of nowhere, Antwerp takes the lead in Liège. Doumbia hits the ball hard into the square from the second line. A gem.

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Antwerp plays a poor match. It also only takes one attempt between the posts. When will the visitors have a chance to play football together?


Fossey blocked

Standard insists anyway. A cross ends up at the far post by Fossey, Wijndal blocks the shot.


Rescue Butez

An opportunity for Standard. Djenepo puts his direct opponent to the wind and targets the far corner. Butez floats the ball out of his goal.

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