Awoniyi stars in seven-goal thriller as Standard Liege defeat Royal Excel Mouscron

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The on-loan Liverpool striker showcased his ruthlessness in front of goal, scoring two well-taken goals, setting up one but saw his side crumble

Taiwo Awoniyi was on song in Royal Excel Mouscron’s dramatic 4-3 loss to Standard Liege in a Belgian First League clash on Sunday.

Christian Luyindama got the hosts ahead in the eighth minute but Awoniyi’s excellent solo effort pulled both sides level ten minutes later.

After the break, the striker gave a deft back-heel pass to assist Dorin Rotariu who brought the visitors back on par after Sebastien Pocognoli had restored the lead.

In the 76th minute, Awoniyi completed his brace with a brilliant strike to put his side ahead for the first time in the tie.

But just when the striker thought he had won the game for his side, Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez and Duje Cop goals in the 87th and 89th minutes secured a comeback victory for the hosts.

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Both sides finished the tie a man down after Luyindama and Mouscron’s Omar Govea were cautioned twice.

Awoniyi has now scored six times in 24 Belgian top-flight encounters this season and he will be hoping to replicate this feat when his 12th-placed side welcome Waasland-Beveren to Stade Le Canonnier on February 18.

 

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