Standard continues to look for its first victory in 2023. In a weather-ravaged Liège derby, the Rouches came no further than a meager 1-1 draw against red lantern Seraing.
The Stade du Pairay in Seraing. Not the most glamorous move Belgian football has to offer. The inclement weather, the strong wind and the bad field did not make the conditions any more pleasant for the Liege neighbors duel. The home team was still looking for its first home win of the season and hoped for a stunt like in the first leg against Sclessin (0-2). Standard also seemed to have forgotten how to win. The last competition victory of the Rouches already dated from October 29 (0-3 at Zulte Waregem).
After the division of points against STVV (1-1), Ronny Deila made two changes: Fossey replaced Melegoni on the right and Canak replaced Davida in the front. Seraing coach Legros stuck to one substitution: Poaty was preferred to Tremoulet on the left.
Wind at the back, but not in the sails
Standard started with the wind at their backs and tried to take advantage of it. Zinckernagel tried it with an early effort from distance, his shot blew a meter wide of the post. Deila’s team has been struggling for a whole season against the ‘smaller’ teams and that was also apparent on the field of the small neighbour. Seraing held on easily and shortly after the opening fifteen minutes even took the lead with his first chance. Lepoint deflected a corner kick at the near post, after which the ball disappeared into goal via Balikwisha (1-0).
It was not until the end of the first half that a limp Standard countered this. First a goal from Perica was disallowed for offside, but three minutes later the equalizer was a fact. After good preparatory work by Fossey, Dønnum sought and found the space to hit the edge of the box. The Norwegian’s shot deviated from the unfortunate Opare past the hopeless Martin (1-1).
Double miss in the final phase
After the break, Standard shot sharper from the starting blocks. Zinckernagel put Dønnum alone in front of goal, but the goal scorer was stopped by an ultimate tackle from Tshibuabua. Standard escaped a new deficit twice around the hour. First, Bodart had to save the furniture from an outbreak of the substitute Sissoko. A little later, Lepoint saw his second goal of the evening (rightly) disallowed for offside.
Meanwhile, the rain continued to pour down on the increasingly dramatic field. Cihan Canak, star at the Rouches, nevertheless darted over the flooded turf to the frustration of Lepoint, who brutally kicked the Liège youth product down on a counter-attack. Yellow was Van Driessche’s verdict, red would have been more correct in our opinion.
In the final phase, Standard had two huge chances to take the three points to Liège, but both Bokadi and Laifis missed incomprehensibly. Standard remains so winless in 2023 and sees the competition for the top 8 approaching after a meager 3 out of 15. Seraing takes 4 out of 6 against the big neighbour, but remains desolately last.
SERAING 1-1 STANDARD
Seraing: Martin – Opare (96′ Sylla), Tshibuabua, Mbow, Poaty – Sambu (83′ Cachbach), Lepoint – Lahssaini (46′ Sissoko), Bernier – Vagner (92′ Ifoni).
Standard: Bodart – Dussenne, Bokadi, Laifis – Fossey, Balikwisha (86′ Cimirot), Alzate, Dønnum (60′ Laursen) – Canak, Zinckernagel – Perica (60′ Ohio).
goals: 17′ Lepoint 1-0, 41′ Dønnum 1-1.
Yellow cards: 30′ Alzate (tackle), 34′ Poaty (fault draw), 69′ Mbow (squabble), 80′ Sambu (tackle), 82′ Lepoint (tackle), 93′ Martin (wasting time)
Red cards: no