Croky Cup Quarterfinals: Two Top Clashes Ahead

The draw for the Croky Cup quarterfinals took place earlier as the eight remaining teams sealed their spot in the draw over the last two days.

The first two ties drawn drew the most attention. League leaders Genk will host Antwerp. Both squads faced difficult opposition in the last 16, with the former edging Anderlecht in extra time while the latter cruised past 10-men Standard.

The other tasty matchup will pit together Union St. Gilloise and Gent. De Buffalo’s needed extra time to get the better of Cercle Brugge on Tuesday. Union avoided the extra 30-minute period courtesy of a late goal to defeat KV Oostende 2-1.

The other pair of quarterfinal matches will see teams in the bottom half of the table go at it. KV Mechelen, 1-0 winners over Seraing this week, heads to Guldensporenstadion to battle KV Kortrijk, who shocked Leuven 3-1 away. That was just the third time this season Kortrijk scored multiple goals in a game.

Finally, giant-killers Sint-Truiden heads to West Flanders for a meeting with Zulte Waregem. STVV came from a goal down to humiliate Club Brugge 4-1 away, producing the upset of the round. Zulte also completed a comeback, hitting 86th and 88th minute goals to defeat second tier Deinze 2-1.

The winner of the cup will partake in the playoff round of next season’s UEFA Europa League, assuming the Russian clubs stay banned and/or no other alterations are made to the access list. Should the cup winner finish in the top two of the league, the third place team will take the Europa League berth.

David Parkes

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