Sunday, May 17, 2009

Dramatic Circumstances in Belgium

Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege won their game against Gent yesterday, earning a playoff with Anderlecht for the Belgian League title. What we didn't point out yesterday was the late drama in Liege's victory. Well, here it is:

As you can see in the video, Gooch gave away a penalty in injury time of the second half with Liege leading 1-0. With the season on the line, goalkeeper Sinan Bolat came up huge for Liege to stop the spot kick. Bolat, on loan from Genk, dove to his left to parry away what turned out to be a pretty weak penalty from Bryan Ruiz. Side note: Ruiz, who has had an excellent season with Gent, could feature against the U.S. MNT next month. A minute later the final whistle sends fans, players and staff into raptures. Talk about a clutch save!
Full highlights of the game:

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