Lierse easily beaten by mediocre Standard

After last week’s one-all draw at home against Zulte Waregem, Standard de Liège was keen to take all three points from the trip to newly-promoted SK Lierse. Despite not playing especially well, Standard enjoyed a comfortable victory against a side that clearly requires some fresh blood if it is not to go straight back down to the Second Division.

Lierse started the first half well and took the initiative early on.

The former Standard forward Jurgen Cavens had a couple of half chances, but didn’t really threaten Bolat’s goal.

Lierse took a major blow when Standard was awarded a penalty after Camacho collided with Cyriac inside the box.

It was Axel Witsel that did the honours, putting Standard one-up after a quarter of an hour of play.

Lierse was out of sorts for a while.

However, luck was on their side when a Jurgen Cavens’ (photo) goal was given, despite him clearly having handled the ball.

Lierse’s relief was short-lived though when Carcela scored a blinding goal, under the wall, from a direct free-kick.

The half ended 2-1 to Standard.

The second half had only just started when Vandooren (another former Standard player) had a great chance to bring Lierse level.

However, his shot was deflected of Ramos’ feet and went wide.

After that it was all Standard. Carcela scored his second and Standard’s third of the evening on 70 minutes.

Sébastien Pocognoli (photo) put the final nail in Lierse coffin three minutes from time. An easy 4-1 victory for a mediocre Standard against a poor Lierse.