By Angu Lesley
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Cameroon-eligible midfielder Theo Matam Ndicka was on target on Saturday as KV Ostende started their Belgian Jupiler Pro Europa League playoffs in style by beating visiting Standard Liege by 6-2.
The host made lightwork of a normal Standard Liege side that looked second best all night.
Cameroon’s Collins Fai started in the right-back role for the visitors while Theo Matam Ndicka settled for a place on the bench.
The game got off to a slow start as both sides didn’t create enough in the opening 25 minutes.
Oostende however improved their game after the opening 25 minutes and in the 30th minute they had the reward. M Kvasina scored the opener at the half hour mark and that was the beginning of disaster for the visitors.
21-year old Nick Bätzner and 20-year-old Belgian wing-back Arthur Theate added two goals in the 39th and 44th minutes.
Congolese forward Jackson Muleka pulled one back for the visitors in the 45th minute before his fellow forward Carcela Gonzalez made it 3-2.
The host took the one goal advantage to the break with the game assuring more drama in the second segment.
Barely five minutes into the second half of the game, Standard Liege problems were doubled when forward Carcela Gonzalez headed for an early bath after seeing red.
Surprisingly fans had to wait till the 64th minute of the game to get another goal as Danish midfielder Andrew Hjulsager scored for Oostende to restore their two goals cushion.
Collins Fai was by coach M’Baye Leye in the 68th minutes as the visitors looked all over the place.
The change provided temporal cover at least for the next 20 minutes but late on disaster striked again.
Cameroon descent French midfielder Theo Matam Ndicka of Oostende was brought on in the 90th minute to seal the midfield with the host leading by 4-2.
Matam did more than expected as three minutes into stoppage time he scored the fifth for coach Alexander Blessin’s side before another substitute Indy Boonen who came on with Matam made it 6-2 in the 96th minute.
The happy host kept the score at 6-2 till full-time, thus recording their first win of the playoffs.
Oostende are early leaders going into their match-day two game against Mechelen while Standard host Gent of Cameroon’s Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui.
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