Defending champions are in a rut

In first division football, Standard were unable to move past a 1-1 draw at home against Zulte-Waregem. Cercle Brugge vs Kortrijk and Charleroi vs Westerlo ended in 1-1 draws as well. AA Gent beat Sint-Truiden 1-2 and Germinal Beerschot managed a 3-2 win against Mouscron. Club Brugge and Anderlecht play tonight.

Defending champions Standard were unable to pick up the three points against an 'easier club' for the second match in a row.

Last week Standard lost to Westerlo. At least this week the defending champs managed a draw, against Zulte Waregem.

Standard seem unable to climb out of their rut. Out of a possible 6 points in the last 2 matches, Standard have only managed to pick up 1. Not very worthy of defending champions.

Standard looked to be off to a good start, scoring the first goal of the match. Gohi Bi Cyriac scored in the 9th minute, giving the home team a promising 1-0 lead.

Kevin Roelandts scored the equaliser in the 45th minute. In the second half Jovanovic brought Standard close to the 2-1, but it did not happen. No more goals fell for the remainder of the match and the 1-1 draw was the final score.

Standard have 21 points, together with KV Mechelen. They trail leaders Club Brugge by 3 points, and second placed Anderlecht by 2 points. Club Brugge and Anderlecht play Sunday evening.

Sint-Truiden vs AA Gent: 1 - 2

Sint-Truiden have definitely lost the magic they had at the beginning of the season. Sint-Truiden have picked up 0 points out of a possible 12 in the last 4 matches. AA Gent are not in great form either, with only 2 points of a possible 15 in 5 matches. But Gent were the stronger team on Saturday and pick up the three points from Sint-Truiden.

Ibrahim Sidibe scored the first goal in the 45th minute. The equaliser came from Roberto Rosales in the 51st minute. The decisive third goal of the match was by Stef Wils in the 85th minute.

AA Gent have 19 points in the overall standings, and Sint-Truiden have 17 points.

Cercle Brugge vs Kortrijk: 1 - 1

Goals were by Anthony Portier. In the 52nd minute he scored for his team but just 11 minutes later he made an own goal, putting the score at 1-1, where it stayed for the remainder of the match.

Cercle Brugge have 13 points, one more than Kortrijk at 14.

Charleroi vs Westerlo: 1 - 1

Charleroi have 13 points and Westerlo have 14.

Germinal Beerschot vs Mouscron: 3 - 2

Germinal Beerschot have 18 points and Mouscron have 10.