The loss of Club Brugge last night at OHL, Standard in turn was able to take over the lead in the Jupiler Pro League from Antwerp, which beat Beerschot earlier today in the city derby. All it had to do was win against the neighbors from Sint-Truiden, but that was where the shoe pinched. Raskin’s ideas, who had to back down with corona, were missed – the Rouches didn’t play half a chance in the entire first half. STVV actually failed to do so either. Until minute 37, at least. Garcia played well on Filippov, after which he offered Duckens a free shooting opportunity. The flank attacker did not hesitate, the 1-0 was a fact. The jaws of a nervously chewing Kevin Muscat promptly went up and down a bit less strongly – it had already become seriously hot under the seat of the Australian STVV coach after the lackluster start of the competition.
It wasn’t until the hour, when Buatu shot the 2-0 against the post after a corner kick, that they seemed to really wake up at Standard. Amallah got two 100 percent chances, but he failed to equalize – twice that tall STVV goalkeeper Schmidt was pal. Montanier had meanwhile already thrown Carcela and Oulare into the fight, but the goal would eventually fall on the other side. Captain De Ridder got some space and decided to shoot the ball past a hopeless Bodart. A bang that Standard never recovered from. So no leader place for the Rouches, but a shared fourth place (18 points). STVV does a golden case at the bottom of the rankings and now has six points, two more than Waasland-Beveren and three more than red lantern Mouscron.