Sint-Truiden stays on top

Newly-promoted Sint-Truiden continued their excellent run of form with a 1-0 win away at KV Kortrijk. Meanwhile, Standard de Liège moves up to fourth place in the table after winning 3-1 away at Sporting Lokeren. As ever, Flandersnews.be brings you all the action from the Belgian First Division.
Sint-Truiden are still top of the league thanks mainly to an excellent performance by their goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

KV Kortrijk started the match strongly.

Nevertheless, it was Sint-Truiden that had the first real chance in front of goal with Verbauwheide pulling off an excellent save from an Alex Da Silva shot.

Benko came close to scoring for KV Kortrijk and Belhocine squandered two excellent chances for the West Flemings.
It was these wasted chances that cost Kortrijk dear.

Sint-Truiden’s Sidibe scored the only goal of the match two minutes before half time.

Despite having chance up on chance to equalise during the second half, fantastic goalkeeping by Mignolet prevented the West Flemings from drawing level.

Sint-Truiden’s win means that they will go into next weekend’s Limburg derby against Racing Genk top of the league.

Four goals in 26 minutes

Despite missing Witsel, Defour and Jovanovic Standard de Liège enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 victory away at Sporting Lokeren.

Standard seemed somewhat out of sorts during the first ten minutes of the game.

However, the visitors were able to take the lead after the Lokeren keeper Copa conceded a free-kick just outside the box on 11 minutes.

The Standard defender Filipe couldn’t have wished for a better first team debut with his first league goal for the club.

Standard’s joy was short-lived though as Lokeren equalised just five minutes later through Smajic.

An excellent individual effort by Mbokani (photo) made it 2-1 to Standard on 17 minutes.
Filipe scored his second and Standard’s third goal of the evening on 25 minutes.

Although, Lokeren had the lion’s share of the chances during the rest of the half, a combination of good goalkeeping by Bolat and poor finishing meant that they were unable to score.

The second half saw little in the way of chances for either side and the match ended 3-1 to Standard.

Despite an at times lacklustre performance, the champions took all three points from the game and move up to fourth place in the table.

Valuable points for Germinal Beerschot

It’s onwards and upwards for Germinal Beerschot.

After a poor start to the season, the Rats'  performances have improved greatly under new Coach Jos Daerden.

The team’s 2-1 win away at Cercle Brugge sees Germinal Beerschot move up to tenth place in the league with 9 points from 7 games.

Germinal Beerschot opened the scoring on 31 minutes with a world class header form Sherjill MacDonald, from a Bart Goor cross.

Once again it was a Goor cross that resulted in Germinal Beerschot’s second goal.

Haroun did the honours for the Rats six minutes into the second half.

Jelle Vossen’s 90th minute goal for Cercle was too little; too late for the West Fleming and the match ended 2-1 to Germinal Beerschot.

Roeselare remains bottom

Roeselare remains bottom of the league after a 3-2 defeat away at KV Mechelen.

Gorius put KV Mechelen 1-0 up on five minutes with Destorme making it 2-0 to Malinwa on 21 minutes.

Nong put the home side three up on 34 minutes and it seemed like it was game over.

However, El Gaaouiri scored from the penalty spot for Roeselare seven minutes before half time.

Red cards for Nikolic and Nong (photo) saw KV Mechelen go down to nine men just before half time.
However, Roeselare were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage.

It was 10 against 9 after Roeselare’s Vidarsson was given his marching orders on 77 minutes.

Mama Dissa’s scored for Roeselare just before the whistle to make the final score 3-2.

Zulte Waregem move up to ninth place in the table after a 3-1 home win against Excelsior Mouscron.

Zulte-Waregem’s goals came from Makiese (x2) and Sadik. Maxime Lestienne scored for Mouscron.