Still neck and neck at the top

This season’s First Division championship race is set to go to the wire with both Sporting Anderlecht and Standard de Liège still sharing the top spot with just one match left to play. Anderlecht beat Roeselare 3-1 in Brussels on Saturday evening, while Standard enjoyed a 2-0 home win against Club Brugge. Roeselare’s defeat at the hands of Anderlecht means that they will have to fight for their First Division survival in the play offs.
Sporting Anderlecht enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 home win against Roeselare.

Tom De Sutter was fit again and able to be part of Anderlecht’s starting line up.

With Polak and Gillet missing from midfield, the home side took a little time to find their feet early on.

Roeselare looked a good match for Anderlecht during the opening stages of the game.

However, any hopes of pulling off a stunt were dashed when Boussoufa opened the scoring on 12 minutes from a beautifully taken free kick.
The rest of the half saw Anderlecht become the better side.

De Sutter, Van Damme and Biglia all had good chances at goal.

Roeselare too had their chances, but Dissa and MacDonald were unable to beat Davy Schollen.

A Jelle Van Damme goal made it 2-0 to Anderlecht two minutes into the second half.

Anderlecht dominated the half and the match was done and dusted when Biglia (photo) made it 3-0 on 62 minutes.

Dissa score a consolation goal for Roeselare five minutes later, but this was simply too little, too late.

Sporting Anderlecht remain joint top with 74 points from 33 games.

Standard see off Club Brugge

There was a lot at stake for Standard in their final home match of the season against Club Brugge.

Both teams gave it their all.

This resulted in an exciting match with some pretty tough tackles.

Vadis’ foul on the Standard Captain Steven Defour just before half time is just one example of this.
The Club Brugge midfielder can think himself lucky only to have been given a yellow card.
 
Standard took the lead from the penalty spot on 38 minutes.

In the end, it was the Serb Jovanovic that took the spot kick after a somewhat heated discussion between him and his team-mate Axel Witsel.

Standard deserved to be ahead with Dalmat already having hit the post twice for the champions.

Club Brugge looked more threatening in the second half and they put Standard under pressure.

However, Onyewu’s 72nd minute goal (photo) put an end to any hopes Club Brugge might have had.

Standard remain joint top with Anderlecht on 74 points.

Club Brugge are now certain of fourth place in the league and a place in next season's Europa League.

AA Gent certain of a place in Europe

AA Gent’s 2-0 victory away at KV Kortrijk sees them certain of European football next season.

Meanwhile, Kortrijk could end up having to play in the play-offs, if they don’t take any points from their final match of the season next Saturday.

Several of Kortrijk’s first team players were missing through injury or suspension.

AA Gent started the match at a furious pace and took the lead through a Bryan Ruiz shot on 18 minutes.

The Buffaloes scored again a couple of minutes later, but Ljubijankic‘s goal was disallowed for off-side.
Kortrijk too had their moments with headers by De Ly and Kouyaté threatening Jorgacevic’s goal.

AA Gent was the better side throughout the second half and Leye ought to have put the Buffaloes two up on the hour, but he inexplicably shot over goal.

In the end, it was substitute Custovic (photo) that scored AA Gent’s second goal on 75 minutes.

A well-deserved win for the Buffaloes.

Next week, AA Gent could play a deciding role in the championship race as they take on Standard in the final match of the season.

Last season, the current AA Gent Coach Michel Preud’Homme led Standard to their first Belgian First Division title for 25 years.

Cercle dash Westerlo’s dreams of Europe

Westerlo’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Cercle Brugge sees their hopes of a place in next season’s Europa League slip away.

Cercle opened the scoring on 10 minutes through Stijn De Smet.
Westerlo equalised just before half time.

The match seamed to be heading for a draw.

However, Tony Sergeant’s goal a minute from time saw Cercle take all three points.

Cercle move up to ninth place with 44 points.

Westerlo are joint fifth with 52 points from 33 games.

Zulte Waregem beat Mouscron

Two goals in three minutes were enough to give Zulte Waregem victory away at Excelsior Mouscron.

Kevin Roelandts open the scoring on 37 minutes and Ludwin van Nieuwenhuyze made it 2-0 to the visitors on 40 minutes.

Zulte Waregem move up to joint-fifth place in the league.

Excelsior Mouscron are tenth.

Over and out Genk

Racing Genk’s woes continued on Saturday evening with a 3-0 defeat away at Sporting Charleroi.

Goals by Grégoire, Théréau and Mujangi Bia were enough to give Charleroi victory and to ensure the Zebras of a place in next season’s First Division.

An important win for Dender

Dender’s 2-0 win away at Sporting Lokeren sees them leap-frog over KV Kortrijk and out of the play off zone.

Dender’s goals came from Blondelle on 28 minutes and a Bouabe own goal 7 minutes from time.

Finally, the match between the two teams already relegated, REAC Mons and Tubize, ended in a 1-1 draw.

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