Cercle Bruges, 49 years later

In football, Cercle Bruges took the lead in the top flight on Saturday evening after beating Beerschot. In other matches, Standard de Liège survived a scare against Westerlo and newcomers OH Leuven moved past Mons. Cercle Brugge are alone in front - at least until this evening - a feat which the modest club last achieved 49 years ago.

The city of Bruges (West Flanders) boasts two teams in the top flight: modest Cercle Bruges and title contenders FC Bruges. Both clubs share the same ground, the Jan Breydel site, at least for the time being as FC Bruges has plans to build a new stadium.

It was Portuguese forward Rudy who steered Cercle Brugge past Beerschot (Antwerp province) with two splendid goals before the break (big photo: Rudy and his Portuguese team mate Nuno Reis). Beerschot pulled one back after the break and Cercle almost had to swallow the equaliser, but escaped (final score: 2-1).

Cercle picked up 13 points from 6 matches and is the only leader. The green and black team last headed the table in... 1962. However, AA Gent and KV Mechelen can still move alongside this evening if they beat Zulte Waregem and FC Bruges respectively. In fact, Cercle's eternal rivals, neighbours FC Bruges, can give them a little help... 

Relief and disappointment

In other action yesterday, Standard beat Westerlo thanks to a late penalty converted by playmaker Franck Berrier (1-0, photo). The bad spell continues for Westerlo, which find themselves at the bottom of the table together with Sint-Truiden, with just 1 points from 6 matches. Standard didn't play too well, but were relieved to take the 3 points.

Lierse gave away the 3 points against Lokeren in the final minutes (1-1). A major disappointment for Lierse, who are still waiting for their first victory of the new season.

In a game between the two newcomers, OH Leuven (Flemish Brabant) got the upper hand against Walloon team RAEC Mons (3-1). The win allows Leuven to climb further away from the relegation zone.

There are 3 matches left on Sunday evening: Zulte Waregem - AA Gent, KV Mechelen - Club Brugge and Anderlecht - KV Kortrijk.