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Paul-Jose M'Poku: Standard Liege star ends five-year Europa League hoodoo vs Vitoria de Guimaraes

05:05 GMT+3 20/09/2019
Paul-Jose MPoku
The winger hadn’t found the back of the net in the competition since scoring against Sevilla in November 2014
Paul-Jose M'Poku scored his first Europa League goal since 2014 in Standard Liege’s 2-0 triumph over Vitoria de Guimaraes on Thursday.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo international capitalised on a defensive blunder from Burkina Faso’s Edmond Tapsoba before beating Miguel Silva in goal for the Portuguese outfit.

After a goalless first half, Florent Hanin turned the ball into his net to hand the Belgians a 66th-minute lead before M’Poku sealed the victory with his late strike.

The winger’s last goal came in Les Rouges’ 3-1 defeat to Sevilla on November 6, 2014 at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan during his first spell at the club.

M'Poku went on loan to Cagliari and Panathinaikos, before returning to the Maurice Dufrasne Stadium.

His compatriot Merveille Bokadi was on parade from start to finish, while Cameroon’s Collins Fai was not dressed by manager Michel Preud'homme.

On the other hand, Nigeria’s Mikel Agu was handed a starter’s role before his replacement by Pepe in the 70th minute with Ghana’s Alhassan Wakaso not considered for action by the Conquerors.

Following their latest win, Standard Liege now shift attention to Sunday’s Belgian First Division A clash with KAS Eupen.

They lead the table with 15 points after seven matches.