Standard Liege triumph in Belgium’s early cup final

CELEBRATIONS over Standard Liege’s Belgian Cup triumph may have been put into perspective by the terrorism in Brussels on Tuesday morning, but the club’s 2-1 win against favourites Club Brugge deserves to be mentioned. The Belgian national team postponed training on the day that the capital city was left stunned by bombing incidents. “Football is not important today,” said the Belgian Football Federation. On Sunday, however, Standard won the Cup for the seventh time thanks to an 88th minute decider from Croatian centre-forward Ivan Santini, his first goal in the competition. Skipper Adrien Trebel was left as red-faced as the … Continue reading Standard Liege triumph in Belgium’s early cup final

Who’s up for a double? – The state of play in Europe’s knockout game

With the English FA Cup limping to the semi-final stage, the competition’s counterparts across the channel are also heading for conclusion. Achieving the double is notable in whatever country you happen to play your football and some of Europe’s big names can still end up with two prizes on their mantelpiece. In Austria, the top four in the Bundesliga have reached the semi-finals of the OFB Cup. The semis will see league leaders Red Bull Salzburg, the holders, travel to third place Altach, while second-place Rapid Vienna will go to the team in fourth, Wolfsberger. These games will take place … Continue reading Who’s up for a double? – The state of play in Europe’s knockout game