An evening of joy and disappointment

AA Gent, Standard de Liège, Cercle Brugge and Westerlo are all through to the semi-finals of this year’s Belgian Cup. This means that both last year’s finalists go though to the last four.

With a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, AA Gent was pretty much certain of victory in their tie against Third Division White Star Woluwe.

White Star posed few problems for the Buffaloes and a 28th minute goal from Conte was more than enough to seal it for AA Gent.

The tie ended with an aggregate score of 3-0 to AA Gent.

Cercle’s cup run continues

With the first leg of their tie having ended 2-0, last season’s other cup finalist Cercle Brugge was the big favourite to go through to the semi-finals of this season’s competition.

Germinal Beerschot needed to score at least twice if they were to go through.

However, it wasn’t until the 66th minute that Cruz put them one up.

However, this ray of hope was soon eclipsed when Owusu (photo) equalised for Cercle just a minute later.

Germinal Beerschot would now have needed to score three times in 23 minutes if they were to go through.

Mission impossible and so Cercle progress to the final four.

Standard too strong for KV Mechelen

For the second in a week, Standard de Liège has given KV Mechelen a lesson in football.

Last weekend, Standard beat Malinwa 3-0 in the league and now Dominique D’Onofrio's men have soundly thrashed them in the cup.

Standard already enjoyed a 2-0 advantage from the first leg.

The fact that the first half ended goalless was more than compensated for by the five goals that fell after the break.

Leye opened the scoring for Standard on 48 minutes with Tchité making it 2-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate on 64 minutes.

Axel Witsel (photo) widened the score four minutes later.

Julien Gorius scored a consolation goal for KV Mechelen on 70 minutes.

However, Leye made it 4-1 on the night and 6-1 on aggregate with his goal 18 minutes from time.

Westerlo knocks out SK Lierse

Despite winning the first leg 2-1, SK Lierse has been knocked out of this season’s Belgian Cup by near-neighbours Westerlo.

The second leg ended 3-2 in Westerlo’s favour and sees them go through on an away goal.