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Standard top Cercle with two penalties | 2-0

With three points from six from the first two matchdays, Cercle headed to the Stade de Sclessin hungry for a result. Standard needed the points as well, after only a draw from their first two matches. Both teams fought for every blade of grass in a physical match in Liège. Amallah, with two penalties in the first half, was the key man in the match, as the Rouches' creative midfielder converted both flawlessly.

Dominik Thalhammer had brought on Popovic (back from suspension) in place of the injured Utkus and in attack Denkey was preferred to Ueda.

Both teams started the game with a lot of intensity and that immediately resulted in some crunching duels. Although this battling style resulted in few chances, it was a pleasantly lively Sunday afternoon match.

On the half hour, Raskin sent in a corner towards Amallah. The midfielder had enough space to shoot, and in doing so his effort struck Denkey's arm. It was a penalty kick, said match referee Lambrecht, and Amallah himself took the spot kick to give the hosts the lead.

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Cercle had a hard time given the enthusiasm of the home crowd, but gradually made progress. Just before halftime, Denkey suddenly had a big chance. Somers sent in a cross to the striker and he was able to get it on target. However, Bodart was immense and made himself big, keeping the striker's effort out.

The real sting would come, though, at the end of the first half. Torres launched into a tackle on Donnum in the area, despite the Standard man having previously planted his studs into Van der Bruggen's knee, which had not earned him a card. Lambrechts saw no foul, but VAR called on him to the sideline. The ball went to the spot again and Amallah didn't fail this time either.

After the break, Ueda and Vanhoutte came on as Van der Bruggen could not continue and Deman was also dropped to the bench.

Standard: Bodart, Dewaele (Bokadi 85'), Dussenne, Dragus (Noubi 85'), Cimirot, Emond (Ohio 71'), Donnum (Boljevic 71'), Amallah, Raskin, Laifis and Laursen

Cercle: Majecki, Torres (Velkovski 76'), Daland, Popovic, Decostere (Heitor 76'), Van der Bruggen (Vanhoutte 46'), Lopes Da Silva, Hotic, Somers, Deman (Ueda 46') and Denkey (Kehrer 65')

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