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Awoniyi scores in eight-goal thriller

Royal Excel Mouscron came into yesterday’s Belgian First Division A tie at Anderlecht knowing they had to get a result to improve their chances of avoiding relegation.


But after an hour at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock (Bruxelles), it was thought the game had already ended as a contest with the visitors trailing 4-0 thanks to Morioka’s 26th minute goal and Teodorczyk’s hat-trick.

Taiwo Awoniyi, making his 23rd start in the Belgian top-flight, showed his importance again when he reduced the deficit in the 70th minute.

Van Durmen made it 4-2 on 72 minutes before Mézague scored with six minutes left on the clock to set up a nervy ending to the encounter, but Anderlecht could not be stopped as Morioka scored in the second minute of stoppage time after a costly error by goalkeeper Logan Bailly.

Awoniyi was linked with a transfer to Anderlecht in a permanent deal before he joined Liverpool in the summer of 2015.

The Nigeria U23 international has found the net against three of the most respected teams in Belgium, Anderlecht, Standard Liege and Gent, this season.


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