Club Brugge went into the derby having lost their last three league games and desperately in need of a win.
The German Christoph Daum took over the reins of the 13-times champions last week after Club’s former coach Adrie Koster was sacked.
The game began full of promise with a Meunier shot going just over the cross bar early on. Club and Cercle were evenly matched although, with the exception of an Akpala header for Club, neither provided much danger in front of goal.
The second half saw Club Brugge go full out on the attack. This proved to be the correct strategy as Dirar (photo) put the boys in blue and black one up ten minutes in.
This provided a wake-up call for Cercle and only excellent work from Club’s new keeper Jorgacevic prevented Neto’s shot from putting them level.
At the other end, Dirar came close to putting Club two up. Latter, good work by the Cercle keeper Verbist denied Refaelov.
Rudy had the best chance for Cercle to draw level, but it was not to be and the Bruges derby ended 1-0 to Club.
Cercle remains 3rd with 26 points from 14 games. Club is 4th on 25 points.
An easy win for Anderlecht
The league-leaders Sporting Anderlecht enjoyed an easy 3-1 win at home against Sint-Truiden.
Anderlecht’s goals came on 14 minutes through Wasilewski and on 41 and 57 minutes through Suarez.
Grégory Dufer scored a consolation goal for Sint-Truiden on 84 minutes.
The result sees Anderlecht reclaim the top spot with 32 points from 14 games. Sint-Truiden remains second to bottom with just 7 points.