Club Brugge off to a false start

Club Brugge have missed their start in the new football season. Club were beaten by West-Flemish rivals KV Kortrijk on the opening day, while title challengers Anderlecht and AA Gent both posted a win: Anderlecht downed newcomers Eupen, AA Gent beat Westerlo with a last-gasp effort.

KV Kortrijk - Club Brugge 1-0

KV Kortrijk made a successful start to the season under coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck, the former KVK coach who returned to the club after a spell at RC Genk. Kortrijk were the better team and deserved the win.

It was midfielder Davy De Beule who scored the only goal of the match after 56 minutes. For Club Brugge, the defeat is a new disappointment after ending the previous season with a heavy loss at AA Gent and missing second place.

Anderlecht - Eupen 4-1

Reigning champions Anderlecht beat newcomers Eupen, although they had a tougher task than the final score suggests. Eupen played an enthusiastic game and stunned Anderlecht in the first half. They were the better team and even opened the score, but goals by Matias Suarez (2), Jonathan Legear and Mbark Boussoufa after the break wiped out Eupen's hopes of a surprise victory.

Anderlecht lost Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia with a dislocated shoulder. Biglia was brought to hospital. Coach Ariel Jacobs has said that Biglia is to miss Anderlecht's Champions League qualifying matches.

Westerlo - AA Gent 0-1

Westerlo and AA Gent each dominated one half of the game. Westerlo had the better chances in the first half, but AA Gent escaped. After the break, Gent upped the pressure but it seemed the match would end in a goalless draw. 3 minutes from time, Westerlo had a goal disallowed. On the counter-attack, Elimane Coulibaly scored for AA Gent giving the visitors a lucky victory.

Referee Peter Vervecken said after the match that he disallowed the goal for off-side, but TV footage showed that it was not off-side.

Sint-Truiden - Lierse 1-0

Sint-Truiden grabbed the three points against promoted Lierse SK with a header by defender Vincent Euvrard on 27 minutes (photo).

Lierse celebrated their return to the top flight after 3 seasons. The team of former national coach Aimé Anthuenis played better in the second half, but STVV were too strong. "This game is a good lesson for us", Lierse striker Thomas Radzinski told reporters. "It showed us the difference between the second and first division."

KV Mechelen - Lokeren 2-0

KVM-Lokeren was a special match for coach Peter Maes, who left the Mechelen team last season quite unexpectedly after 4 years, signing for Lokeren that only just managed to keep their place in the top flight.

Yellow-red KV Mechelen proved too strong and goals by midfielder Julien Gorius and striker Alois Nong led the home team to an easy victory. Newly arrived Mechelen coach Marc Brys was touched by the special atmosphere in the stadium. "I am glad with my choice. This is a warm club," he said.