Looking good for Standard

Thursday evening Anderlecht were held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Standard de Liège in the first leg of their Belgian first division titel playoff. Having scored at an away match gives Standard a slight advantage over Anderlecht. For a chance at the title Anderlecht MUST score in Liège.
Standard dominated the first half of the match with fast breaches of the Anderlecht defence.
The score was 0-0 at half-time. It was finally Jonathan Legear (photo) that scored the opening goal, putting Anderecht ahead in the 51st minute when he latched on to Olivier Deschacht's through ball.

Nine minutes later Dieumerci Mbokani equalised. With no more goals falling the score remained 1-1 in the first leg of the test match.

The two teams finished the season level on 77 points last weekend to force a playoff as the title cannot be won on goal difference. The second leg of the play off will take place in Liège on Sunday. Anderlecht MUST score to win the title.

Liege dethroned Anderlecht last term to claim their first Belgian first division crown in 25 years.

Both clubs have secured a place in next season's Champions League qualifying rounds. Third-placed Club Bruges and Ghent, who came fourth, will play in the Europa League.

Overall Standings in the Belgian first division football

1 Anderlecht                     77
1 Standard de Liège       77
3 Club Bruges                 59
4 Ghent                             59
5 Zulte Waregem            55
6 Westerlo                        52
7 Lokeren                          51
8 Racing Genk                 50
9 Cercle Bruges              47
10 Mechelen                     46
11 Excelsior Mouscron   44
12 Charleroi                      43
13 Germinal Beerschot  42
14 Kortrijk                          38
15 Dender                         35
16 Roeselare                   30
17 Tubize                           27
18 Mons                             19