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After a bitter defeat in Oostende, Cercle went in search of points at home against Standard Liege. Bastien gave the Rouches the lead early on, but Daland canceled the opener on 15 minutes, and no more goals were scored after the interval.
Yves Vanderhaeghe made two changes, with Hotic and Matondo on after having not started at Oostende. Utkus was serving a one-match suspension (5 yellow cards) and Charles Vanhoutte was on the bench.
Cercle tried to continue with the same energy as against KVO and attacked from kick-off. They were caught cold, however, when Standard's first chance, after just three minutes, fell to Bastien who dribbled around the edge of the area and curled the ball into the far corner, just out of Didillon's reach.
On the 11th match day of the Jupiler Pro League, Cercle were second bottom before heading to the coast to take on Oostende. Groen-Zwart played a dogged match and took the lead through Somers. KVO were on the ropes, but 2 moments turned the result, as Gueye and Amade sealed the points at home for the Kustboys.
Yves Vanderhaeghe had made some striking changes to his team. Sousa was given his debut at the back. The Brazilian defender was finally free from injury and was given the start over Popovic. In attack, the duo of Millàn and Somers were tasked to score goals and in midfield Van der Bruggen replaced the injured Kanouté.
Cercle got off to a good start and played well against the tenth-placed side in the Jupiler Pro League. The high pressure from Groen-Zwart, under the impulse of the hard-working Somers, tested the Oostende defence. Real chances had to wait until the 20th minute, though, as Utkus was able to play out from the back, finding Vanhoutte who had the 0-1 at hand, but came up short against Fortes.
In a friendly match against the Dutch first division side FC Twente, Cercle won 0-1 on Thursday afternoon; Serge-Philippe Raux-Yao scored for Cercle in the second half.
After training on Wednesday morning, Cercle headed to Enschede in the afternoon. For the home team, coach Ron Jans and midfielder Michel Vlap have their own history in Belgium. Jans was a coach at Standard in 2012 and Vlap is on loan from Anderlecht this season. For coach Yves Vanderhaeghe, the match against Twente was also his first match with assistants Miron Muslic and Jimmy De Wulf at his side. Didillon and Matondo did not travel with Cercle to the Netherlands, as the former was rested and Matondo had suffered a minor concussion since the game against Union.