Kyle Larrain scored his first goal for Brugge, while he was a mixed bag for Alfonso Davies in the Bayern Munich draw, and Stephen Ostaccio and Stephen Vitoria fought battles in the Spanish League. Here’s a look at what Canadians did this weekend in Europe.
Kyle Larrain, Club Brugge – Monkey off the back of Kyle Laren in Belgium. In his seventh game of the season, Brampton, Ont. His compatriot scored his first goal for FC Brugge as the team continued their good start into the new season in a 2-0 win over RFC Seraing on Saturday. You can forgive anyone who decided to head to the exits after the first half. The two teams played a nearly dismal first 45 minutes and the highlight was booked by Larren and teammate Antonio Nossa at the end of the first half. But things picked up in a second. In the forty-eighth, the hosts got their first real chance to score in the match. From just outside the box, Antoine Bernier sent a curling effort towards the far post, but the ball ran far and past the down Simon Mignolet. Syring will approach again in a few minutes. After Bernier started his good run, Sambo Sissoko’s shot flew from the distance off the far post. Larren will open registration for visitors at 52. The volleyball that was lifted into the Seraeng area was recovered by Nosa, who managed to knock out Abdullah Sylla. Nosa found Roman Yarmashuk in the penalty area, but his marker cleared any shooting lane. The Ukrainian striker played a masterful side-footed ball to Laren, who was able to knock home with his right foot past goalkeeper Guillaume Dietsch on his debut for his new club. Captain Hans Vakanen would add a second to wrap up the three points for Club Brugge with a 2-0 victory. Canadian winger Tajon Buchanan was once again left out of Club Brugge’s squad, and he continues to struggle with a quadruple injury. With this win, Club Brugge kept Genk up with 19 points to finish second in the table. Leaders Antwerp are the only unbeaten team in the league and have won all eight of their matches to sit on 24 points.
Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich – You’ll have to go back to 2009 to find a season in the Bundesliga that didn’t end with either Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund as champions (Wolfsburg won that year), but in the early days of the new campaign there are the teams that threaten to ensure Bayern don’t win 11 consecutive titles. With six matches, Julian Nagelsmann’s side are third in the table with 12 points, one behind Freiburg in second and two behind leaders Union Berlin. Although there is no reason yet to believe that Bayern cannot finish at the top again, Bayern got frustrated again on Saturday during a visit from Stuttgart. The hosts took the lead twice, but Stuttgart tied twice in the score, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Half an hour later, Stuttgart goalkeeper Florian Muller was called in for a pair of quick saves in a row, as young Frenchman Matisse Tal prevented a cross from close range and then stopped Serge Gnabry on the rebound. But Tel will not be dismissed after minutes after great work by Alphonso Davies. Davies undressed Konstantinos Mavropanos from the left flanked a cross towards Gnabry near the penalty spot where Thiel met it instead and sent a low ball under Muller to score the opening goal in the 39th minute. It was Davis’ first assist in the season, The goal was to make Bayern the youngest goalscorer ever in the Bundesliga at 17 years old. Bayern Munich’s lead continued through the first half, but the visitors leveled things out in the 57th minute with a break initiated by a Davies foul. Playing from the back, Davies’ pass to Jamal Musiala was underweight and overpowered by Mavropanos. Storming into the area, Mavropanos set up Chris Vohresh, who made the score 1-1. The stalemate did not last long with Musiala restoring order to the hosts. After a pass from Nassir Mazraoui, the England-born German midfielder put Atakan Crazor on his skis before firing a low shot past Muller to make it 2-1 in the 60th minute. Bayern’s top scorers had a combined age of 35. And while Bayern seemed to have won The three points, the referee referred to a penalty kick in injury time. In an attempt to block a close shot from Sehrou Guirassy, Guinea striker Matthijs de Ligt grabbed his dash and was awarded a penalty. Guirassy took his own penalty, made no mistake and earned a point for Stuttgart with the match ending 2-2. For Nagelsmann’s side, it was the third straight draw.
Stephen Ostaccio, Porto and Stephen Vitoria, Chavez – His colleagues in Canada Stephen Eustace Stephen Vitoria was rivals on Saturday when he hosted Porto led by Yustaccio with Vitoria and Chaves. Chaves have already made some giant kills this season when they defeated another team of Os Três Grandes at Sporting, but there will be no such luck at Estádio Do Dragão. The hosts set the tone ahead of time. Joao Mario’s cross inside the area was met by Tony Martinez, but I saw him simply hit the ball. Fortunately, Medhi Taremi was spot on and unmarked, and came home to take the lead in the third minute for Porto. Had Taremi not scored, he would have likely received a penalty as goalkeeper Paulo Vitor kicked it right after his attempt. The match lasted 1-0 until the 70’s when Vitoria played a role in the excitement, but not in a good way. Completely miscalculating the weight of the back pass, Vitoria was stripped of possession by Taremi who stormed into the goal alone. With both Vitor and the Chavez defender close to the Iran striker to block a shot, Taremi calmly played the ball to incoming Evanelson, who scored into the empty net to make it 2-0. Substitute Andre Franco sealed the three points in the 82nd minute when Vitor missed Gabriel Veron’s cross, allowing Franco to score his first goal for Porto to make it 3-0. Eustáquio played the full 90 minutes in the win, producing six assists and winning both tackle and interception. Vitoria also played the full match, scoring a foul and making three interceptions.