On the 28th matchday of the regular competition, Royal Excel Moeskroen visited the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. Adrien Trebel returned to the starting line-up after having been injured for three matchdays. Leander Dendoncker and Sven Kums were suspended last matchday and were back in the starting line-up as well. Liverpool player on loan Lazar Markovic was on the bench for the first time. No less than eight goals were scored. Lukasz Teodorczyk scored a hattrick and Ryota Morioka scored twice.
After four minutes, Teodorczyk was dangerous for the first time, but the Polish striker was blocked by Mezague. After ten minutes, a shot by Saief was blocked by the visiting defence, in the rebound a shot by Gerkens went across the goal. Teodorczyk tried to finish off a new Purple & White attack after that, but Diedhiou was in the way. In the twentieth minute, Rotariu came up with a low cross from the left wing, Sels beat Awoniyi to the punch. Five minutes later on, the 1-0 appeared on the board. Gerkens with the centre, Ryota Morioka scored his first goal for RSCA. Somewhat later on, Trebel took a free kick on the edge of the box, but his attempt went wide. Right before the end of the first half, Morioka was taken down in the box by Galitsios. Lukasz Teodorczyk converted the penalty and, as a result, the Purple & White ended the first half with a double lead.
Start of the second half. Teodorczyk pushed through but hit Diedhiou. In minute 53, the Purple & White increased their lead. Saief came up with a perfect assist for Teodorcyk, who beat Bailly with a header. The hunger for goals of the Polish striker was not over, because three minutes later on, he put in his third goal of the match, thanks to a good assist by Gerkens: 4-0. Winter newcomer Markovic replaced Kums and made his debut. The visitors, however, did not give up and fought back. Via Awoniyi and Van Durmen, the score suddenly became 4-2. Awoniyi went looking for the next goal, but Sels made a good save. In minute 81, Teodorczyk had his chance to score the 5-2, but the Polish striker’s attempt ended up in the hands of Bailly. Two minutes later on, the next opportunity for the visitors went in. Mézague scored the 4-3, as a result of which the final minutes became very exciting. The final goal, however, was scored on the other side during injury time. Bailly had to come out of his goal on a long shot by Teodorczyk but missed, Morioka took advantage and put the 5-3 final score on the board. Like this, the Purple & White break with the five consequent games without a victory. Next weekend, on Saturday 3 March, RSC Anderlecht will take on Zulte Waregem during an away match.
RSCA: Matz Sels, Dennis Appiah (62' Alexandru Chipciu), Uros Spajic, Ivan Obradovic, Kenny Saief, Leander Dendoncker, Sven Kums (70' Lazar Markovic), Adrien Trebel, Ryota Morioka, Pieter Gerkens & Lukasz Teodorczyk (90' Silvère Ganvoula).
Goals: 26' Morioka (1-0), 45+2', 57' & 61' Teodorczyk (2-0, 3-0, 4-0), 70' Awoniyi (4-1), 72' Van Durmen (4-2), 84' Mezague (4-3), 90+2' Morioka (5-3).