3 out of 3 for our Europa League teams

It was a great night for Belgium’s three representatives in the group stage of this season's Europa League. Club Brugge, Standard de Liège and Sporting Anderlecht all enjoyed victories in their Europa League matches. All three Belgian teams now top their respective groups. Most impressive of all was Club Brugge’s 2-1 victory away at last season’s finalists, the Portuguese club SC Braga.

Braga dominated the first half, but was unable to score. The second half got off to a furious start and SC Braga took the lead 8 minutes through Helder Barbosa.

However, this failed to dampen the West Flemings' spirits and Club Brugge drew level through their Nigerian striker Joseph Akapala on 71 minutes.

The match seemed to be heading for a draw when the Dutchman Ryan Donk made it 2-1 to Club Brugge in the first minute of injury time. Club Brugge now tops Group H with 6 points from 2 games.

Anderlecht derails Lokomotiv

Sporting Anderlecht was also able to deliver the goods away from home. In what was on paper their most difficult match of the group stage, Sporting enjoyed a 2-0 victory away at the Russian Club Lokomotiv Moscow.

It was clear from the outset that the Russians were made of sterner stuff than Anderlecht’s first group stage opponents AEK Athens.

Only a good save from Proto prevented Maicon from putting them one up five minutes in. However, it was Anderlecht that took the lead through Suarez on eleven minutes.

Lokamotiv didn’t lose heart and the Russians had several excellent chances to draw level through the rest of the first and early part of the second half.

However, their failure to score was punished when Dieumerci Mbokani (photo) put Anderlecht 2-0 up on 71 minutes with a header from a Biglia free kick.

Sporting Anderlecht now leads Group L with 6 points from 2 games.

Second half goals seal it for Standard

After a first half that saw little in the way of chances, Standard knew they had to do better in the second half if they were to win their second group stage match.

Last season’s league runners-up looked a different team as they forged ahead.

Luis Manuel Seijas (photo) opened the scoring for Standard on 56 minutes with Jorge Felipe making it 2-0 quarter of an hour later.

Kanu put the final nail into the Danes’ coffin on 79 minutes and the final score was 3-0 to Standard.

Standard now leads Group B with 4 points from 2 games.