Players Abroad: Another hat-trick for Veldwijk

Posted: 10 December 2018 Time: 10:00

Lars Veldwijk scored a hat-trick for the second time this season in the Netherlands, while Bafana Bafana star Lebo Mothiba was on target once more in France.

The 21-year-old received his 13th start of the season, and picked up a yellow card as his Belgian First Division side Westerlo went down 3-1 to Mechelen, leaving them sixth on the log after four games in period two of the domestic league.

Jacobs played the full 90 minutes in his 13th league appearance of the campaign as Scottish top-flight club Livingston beat bottom-of-the-log St Mirren 3-1 to remain sixth on the log after 16 games.

Still yet to miss a match for Queen of the South this season, Jacobs put in another solid showing in helping his club maintain their five-match unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw away at Ross County, the point leaving them fourth in the Championship after 16 encounters.

Jane started her fourth game of the season and Mulaudzi her sixth as Australian club Canberra twice relinquished their lead in a 2-2 league draw with Western Sydney Wanderers, the point leaving them fourth on the log after six matches.

Mahlangu came on for the last nine minutes in his fourth league appearance for Bulgarian giants Ludogorets, who earned a 2-0 win over Slavia Sofia as they remain six points clear at the summit of the standings after 19 games.

Marakis continued his good recent run with another start as Portuguese top-flight club Nacional earned a 0-0 draw with Boavista, leaving them 12th on the table after 12 games.

Mokotjo featured for the first time in six weeks following a long injury lay-off, coming on for the last 20 minutes as Brentford’s dismal run continued as they went down 3-2 to Swansea. The Bees have won just one of their last 15 games in all competitions, and after 21 games now sit 18th on the log.

Making his 14th appearance for Strasbourg, Mothiba was on target once more, netting his seventh league goal for his club after bulldozing his way through and chipping the keeper to hand his side a 2-1 lead over Caen. Strasbourg would concede once more with 10 minutes to go to share the points, leaving them eighth in the Ligue 1 standings after 17 games.

In his 11th appearance for Vitoria Guimaraes II, Phete played the full 90 minutes as his side let their 2-1 lead slip to go down 3-2 to Penafiel. They’re now winless in five matches, and sit 16th on the log with just 10 points from their 11 games.

Phiri was an unused substitute as Guingamp went down 2-1 to Bongani Zungu’s Amiens, with the latter still out injured. Guingamp sit bottom of the log with eight points from 17 games, with Amiens just three places above them in 17th.

Serero made his 14th league appearance for Vitesse as they went down 2-1 to NAC Breda, the result leaving them seventh on the table after 15 matches.

Singh made his six appearance for Portuguese second-tier club Sporting Braga II, playing the full 90 minutes as his side crushed Mafra 6-1, lifting them to 12th on the log after 11 games.

Tau played the full 90 minutes in his 14th league appearance for Union Saint Gilloise, who ended the match with 10 men for a third game in succession, but held on to their 2-0 lead to gain maximum points and move up to third on the log after four games in period two of the domestic league.

Tshabalala came on for the last half an hour of play for his seventh substitute appearance to go with his two league starts for Erzurumspor as they went down 3-1 to Yeni Malatyaspor, leaving them 14th on the log after 15 games, level on points with struggling Fenerbahce.

The South African left-back came on for the last 15 minutes for his first appearance of the season in Serie A for Empoli as they beat Bologna 2-1, leaving them 14th in the Italian top-flight after 15 games.

Veldwijk’s incredible scoring form continued as he netted his second hat-trick of the season as second-tier Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam dispatched Almere City 6-1, leaving them one point adrift of leaders Den Bosch in the First Division after 17 games. The South African now has 16 goals in 17 matches this campaign.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

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