Lierse - Anderlecht 1-1
Lierse replaced former Belgian national coach Aimé Anthuenis by former Belgian international and former Lierse player Eric Van Meir earlier this week.
With Van Meir (photo) at the helm of the team, Lierse showed a lot of fighting spirit but gave it away before the break when a mistake in defence allowed Anderlecht's Ondrej Mazuch to put the visitors ahead.
Anderlecht were resting on their laurels and let Lierse come back in the game. It was Lierse striker Wesley Sonck who equalised 10 minutes from time (photo). Anderlecht lost two points and see league leaders KRC Genk extending their lead from 2 to 4 points.
Anderlecht manager Herman Van Holsbeeck voiced his discontentment after the match. "This is unacceptable. I am both disappointed and angry. We're 1-0 up against 10 men and still we give it away. We were better, but we missed the right mentality. Talent alone is not enough."
Club Brugge - Eupen 4-0
Club Brugge have moved into the top 6 after beating the other newcomers in the top flight, Eupen.
Before the match, many fans feared it would a dull game. Eupen's new Italian coach Ezio Capuano has introduced a sort of "catenaccio" and keeps a lot of players behind the ball in an ultra-defensive concept.
It was Club Brugge's challenge to pull down the "concrete wall" and the home side managed to do so with a little help from in-form midfielder Vadis Odjija. He made it 1-0 and 2-0 with two thundering shots after the break. Eupen had already been reduced to 10 men in the first half.
Club Brugge dominated the rest of the game and added two more, through Maxime Lestienne and defender Carl Hoefkens, who converted a penalty.
AA Gent give it all away
AA Gent, in third position before the 8th round of play, lost precious points in the East-Flemish derby against Sporting Lokeren. Ghent playmaker Randall Azofeifa was sent off just before a break after a controversial decision by the referee, but despite being reduced to 10 men, Ghent went 2-0 up. Lokeren equalised soon and the comeback was complete when striker Donovan Deekman made it 3-2 for Lokeren after 87 minutes.
KV Mechelen losing the momentum
One of the revelations of the start of the competition, KV Mechelen, hosted Cercle Brugge. KVM or "Malinwa" as the fans call their yellow-red team, looked set for an easy victory at 2-0. After the break, the unthinkable for the home fans happened: Cercle equalised and Malinwa lost 2 precious points. KV Mechelen - Cercle Brugge: 2-2.
Standard "back in business"
Former champions Standard de Liège are making their way up the table again after defeating Sporting Charleroi 2-1 before their home crowd. Defender Laurent Ciman opened the score just before the break and midfielder Steven Defour doubled the score on 60 minutes. Standard were no be worried when Charleroi pulled one back late in the match.
Westerlo surprise Kortrijk
KV Kortrijk lost their place in the top 6 (which allows the teams to take part in the season-ending play-off competition) after suffering a surprise defeat against Westerlo before their home crowd: 1-2. Westerlo coach Jan Ceulemans admitted that his team had a little bit of luck, referring to the fact that they escaped a penalty.
The comeback of the day
The comeback of the evening was made by Zulte Waregem. The home side was 1-3 behind against Germinal Beerschot at the break, but still won 4-3. Moussa Traoré became the local hero when he scored the winning goal for Zulte Waregem 2 minutes from time.
Charleroi continue "Scottish tradition"
Charleroi had dismissed their coach Jacky Mathijssen earlier this week, but this apparently had no success. Today, it was announced that Hungary's Laszlo Csaba will be the new coach. Csaba was at the helm of Scotland's Heart of Midlothian until February 2010.
By opting for Lszlo Csaba, Charleroi continue their "Scottish" tradition. Earlier, club chairman Abbas Bayat picked Tommy Craig and John Collins to steer the team to success.