AA Gent thrash OHL and jump to first place

In football, AA Gent swiftly moved past newcomers OH Leuven on Saturday evening, scoring six times. The win allowed Gent to jump to first place in the top flight, but Club Brugge and Anderlecht still have to play their match in this 9th day of play.

AA Gent first had problems with the defensive tactics of the visitors. "It was like the Chinese Wall", Gent coach Trond Sollied told reporters after the match.  Gent climbed ahead, but OHL surprised with a goal just before the break, their first chance in the match: 1-1 at half-time.

However, AA Gent scored quickly after the break when Spanish central defender César Arzo headed home the 2-1 (big photo). It was the start of a Ghent festival, with 4 more goals in 30 minutes.

Slovenian international Zlatan Ljubijankic scored his second of the evening with a header (small photo), and there were also goals by midfielder Tim Smolders, Senegalese substitute Elimane Coulibaly (from the penalty spot) and Yaya Soumahoro (6-1).

For the moment, AA Gent are the best-scoring team in the top flight with 22 goals in 9 matches, but some teams are still playing on Sunday. "We had difficulties in de the first half, as they were playing with 7 defenders. But I think we made for that in the second half. I think we spoiled our fans", Gent winger Christian Brüls said.

Top scorer helps Bergen to take one point

In other action on Saturday, Cercle Bruges were kept to a 2-all draw by modest Sint-Truiden. The home team from Bruges looked set to take the 3 points, but in added time defender Nuno Reis beat his own goalkeeper (2-2). It's the first point for new Sint-Truiden coach Franky Van der Elst in 3 matches.

Westerlo and Zulte Waregem shared the points, 1-1. Kortrijk are moving up the table after beating KV Mechelen 1-0 at home. The visitors are sliding away after an excellent start this season. "Malinwa" failed to pick up one single point in their last 4 matches. The position of coach Marc Brys could be in danger.

Bergen came back from 1-3 behind against Lokeren and picked up one point (3-3) after scoring twice in the dying minutes of the game. The league's top scorer, Frenchman Jérémy Perbet of Bergen, added one goal to his tally bringing his total to 10 (small photo: the players of Bergen (or Mons in French) celebrating).