AA Gent reclaim second place

In football, AA Gent (photo) leapfrog Club Bruges into second place after squeezing past Cercle Bruges. Club Bruges suffered their first defeat under new coach Christoph Daum, while league leaders Anderlecht downed Sporting Lokeren. In other action on Sunday, the clash between Standard and champions Genk ended in a draw.
  • The match between Standard and champions Genk had more excitement than the final score (0-0) suggests. Both teams struck the post, but in the end the draw was justified. Genk still have some work to do if they want to make into the top-6 for the season-ending play-offs.
  • Newcomers Oud-Heverlee Leuven (Flemish Brabant) surprised Club Bruges. The visitors suffered their first defeat in 6 matches under new German coach Christoph Daum (3-1). Bruges were reduced to ten men when midfielder Vadis Odjija was sent off in the first half for foul play. OHL's Frederik Boi decided the match with two goals in the final 20 minutes.
  • Anderlecht narrowly moved past Sporting Lokeren (3-2) to extend their lead to 3 points. The Brussels club went ahead twice, but Lokeren equalised each time. Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani scored the winning-goal when his header was deflected by an opponent. The match ended in the snow, but play only had to be halted a short while to swap the white ball for a red ball.
  • AA Gent leapfrogged Club Bruges to second place after squeezing past Cercle Bruges. Promising Ghent midfielder Hannes Van der Bruggen scored the only goal of the match in the second half, (0-1). Ghent have their revenge after being beaten by Cercle 0-1 at home on the opening day of play back in August.

Standings after 18 rounds of play:

(top-6 to season-ending play-offs after 30 days of play)

  1. Anderlecht        39
  2. AA Gent             36
  3. Club Bruges     34
  4. Standard           31
  5. KV Kortrijk         30
  6. Cercle Bruges 30
  7. KRC Genk        27
  8. RAEC Mons      26
  9. Beerschot         24
  10. KV Mechelen    20
  11. OH Leuven        19
  12. Lokeren             19
  13. Lierse SK          16
  14. Z.Waregem       15
  15. Westerlo            13
  16. Sint-Truiden      11