Standard v Sint-Truiden ends goalless

The first of Sunday’s three First Division games has ended goalless. Standard de Liège failed to score against the bottom club Sint-Truiden. The result sees Sint-Truiden doomed to play the best of five against Westerlo to decide which team is relegated and which will get a chance to save its skin in the Second Division play-offs.

The match was Standard’s first home match in the league since the untimely death of the team’s physical coach Guy Namurois on February 19.

Matches between the two clubs have something of a derby atmosphere with Sint-Truiden being Standard’s nearest neighbours in the First Division.

Despite being without Buyens (suspended) and Cyriac (ill) Standard pushed forward early on and had two good chances to take the lead in the first two minutes.

The visitors benefited from the fact that Standard had played in the Europa League on Thursday and at times looked tired.

The visitors' best chance came from Menga who is on loan from Standard.

Bjarnason found the back of the net for Standard just before half time. However, his goal was disallowed for offside.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first. Standard went on the offensive early on and a Bjarnason shot hit the bar.

Things quietened down until a Kanu header went just wide. Sint-Truiden’s best chance was squandered by Rossini.

The match ended all square. Standard is 5th with 40 points from 27 games. Sint-Truiden is bottom with just 15 points.