Cercle wins the battle of Bruges

The last two Belgian First Division matches of the weekend were played on Sunday evening. Racing Genk maintained their 100% record with a comfortable 5-0 win at home against Sporting Charleroi. Later in the evening, Cercle Brugge won the Bruges derby against Club Brugge 3-1.

Cercle started the first half as the better team and they took the lead on nine minutes through a Reneto header.

Club Brugge came more into the game as the half progressed, thanks mainly to a strong performance by their Croatian midfielder Perisic.

Nevertheless the half ended 1-0 to Cercle.

Club Brugge turned up the heat early in the second half and Hoefkens scored an equaliser on 56 minutes after a blunder by  Cercle’s Owusu.

The turning point of the game came when Club’s Perisic was given a second yellow card for diving inside the box.

Cercle made the most of being a man up.

Frederik Boi put them 2-1 ahead on sixty-four minutes.

The match was done and dusted on seventy four minutes when Bernt Evens (photo) made it 3-1 to Cercle.

Cercle Brugge now has five points from three games.

Club Brugge has three points.

Genk outclass Charleroi

Racing Genk continued their excellent start to the season with a 5-0 home win against Sporting Charleroi.

The Limburgers are now just one of two clubs to have taken maximum points from the first three games of the new First Division Season.

Four of Genk’s goals came in the first half.

Jelle Vossen opened the scoring on ten minutes with Kevin De Bruyne making it 2-0 on 18 minutes.

De Bruyne scored his second goal of the evening on the half hour.

Charleroi wasn’t going to go down without a fight and the Zebras pushed forward.

However, Barda’s (photo)  goal for Racing Genk just before half time made their task insurmountable.

Barda scored his second and Racing Genk’s third goal of the evening three minutes into the second half to put the final nail into the Zebras coffin.

Racing Genk is now joint top of the First Division with nine points from three games.

Sporting Charleroi has two points.