Zimbabwean winger Bill Antonio celebrated his maiden goal in the Belgian Pro League with a crucial 83rd-minute winner for KV Mechelen in their 2-1 triumph over Gent on Friday. Antonio, recently promoted to the senior team, came off the bench in the 75th minute to break the deadlock and secure KV Mechelen’s first league victory at Gent in 12 years.
Meanwhile, Cardiff City midfielder Andy Rinomhota earned his first start of the season in the English Championship against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday. After falling down the pecking order at the start of the campaign, Rinomhota’s return to the fold saw him play for sixty-six minutes in a 3-1 defeat. Argyle’s Brendan Galloway featured for the entire match as a center back.
Reading midfielder Tivonge Rushesha has seemingly lost his first-team spot and has been dropped to the junior squad.
In France, Marshall Munetsi made a successful return from a long-term injury, being named in Stade de Reims’ matchday squad for the French Cup Round of 32 against Sochaux on Sunday. Although he was an unused substitute, Munetsi’s presence marks his full recovery from an ankle injury suffered in late November.
Nantes’ recent acquisition, Tino Kadewere, featured in the French Cup but faced a 1-0 defeat to Laval. Kadewere, typically a striker, was deployed as a wing midfielder in the match.
Italy-based Jordan Zemura returned from injury but did not feature in Udinese’s 3-2 loss to AC Milan.