Champions drop points again

Last season’s champions Racing Genk could only manage a goalless draw at home against KV Mechelen in what was the first of Saturday evening’s matches in the Belgian First Division. Genk’s best chances came from Ogunjimi. While the former Genk player Kevin Vandenbergh had by far the best chance for KV Mechelen.

Genk felt that they should have been given a penalty when Ghomsi brought down Vossen.

However, the referee waved play-on.

The Genk players were clearly tired after Wednesday’s Champions’ League qualifier. Racing Genk has 6 points from 5 games.

KV Mechelen has 10 points.

Ten-man AA Gent beats Lierse

AA Gent goes to the top of the table after a 1-0 home win against Lierse SK.

The Buffaloes’ goal came five minutes before half time when their Spanish Captain Arzo (photo) headed the ball past the Lierse keeper Kawashima.

The East Flemings went down to ten men just three minutes later Nayho was given a red card.

Despite being a man down, AA Gent stayed the course and the match ended 1-0 to the Buffaloes.

AA Gent now has 10 points from 5 games. Lierse SK has 3 points.

Onwards and upwards for Cercle

Cercle Brugge continued an excellent run of form with a 3-1 win away at Westerlo.

Cercle took the lead on 16 minutes against a home side lacking in confidence. It was the first of two goals for defender Kristof D’Haene (photo).

D’Haene’s second goal came four minutes from half time and the half ended 2-0 to the visitors.

Westerlo pulled one back on the hour through substitute Alfredo Marco.

However, this proved to be too little, too late and Rudy put the final nail in the home side’s coffin when his volley put Cercle 3-1 up 7 minutes from time.

Cercle now has 10 points and shares the top spot with AA Gent and KV Mechelen. Westerlo is joint bottom with just 1 point from 5 games.

A second win of the season for Oud Heverlee-Leuven

Newly-promoted Oud Heverlee-Leuven (OHL) enjoyed its second win of the season on Saturday evening.

A 90th minute goal by Derick Ogbu was enough to give OHL victory away at Lokeren.

OHL now has 6 points from 5 games and is joint 9th in the table. Lokeren has 4 points and is 13th.

A convincing win for KV Kortrijk

KV Kortrijk enjoyed a convincing home win against Sint-Truiden on Saturday evening.

Two goals by Nfor (photo, on 25 and 68 minutes), a 53rd minute penalty converted by Veselinovic and a Messoudi goal 9 minutes from time made for a final score of 4-0 to the West Flemings.

Kortrijk is joint 6th with 8 points from 5 games.

Meanwhile, the pressure is starting to mount on the Sint-Truiden coach Guido Breepoels as the Canaries now have just 1 point from 5 games and are joint bottom.

RAEC Mons continues good start

Newly-promoted RAEC Mons continued an excellent start to the season with a 3-1 home win against Zulte Waregem.

2 goals in as many minutes at the start of the second half gave the Dragons a comfortable lead.

However, Davy De Fauw gave Zulte Waregem fresh hope when he made it 2-1, 4 minutes from time.

However, Ibou’s (photo) second goal of the evening made it 3-1 to RAEC Mons just a minute from time. RAEC Mons is 4th in the league with 9 points from 5 games. Zulte Waregem is joint 9th with 6 points.