Nightmare for Anderlecht

In football, the Brussels club Anderlecht has taken a very bad start in the season-ending play-offs for the league title. Anderlecht, who are poised to become champions, lost two precious points against modest KV Kortrijk, and see their main challengers, Club Bruges, reduce the gap to just one point in the standings.

Anderlecht have taken a very bad start in the season-ending play-offs for the title. They were held to a 1-all draw against KV Kortrijk, which is considered as the weakest of the six teams that take part in the final round for the title.

Anderlecht played a disappointing match and were stunned by the visitors from West Flanders before the break, when Steven-Joseph Monrose made it 0-1 (photo). Anderlecht managed to equalise after the break through striker Dieumerci Mbokani, but didn't get any further.

Anderlecht had dominated the first phase of the season, and had collected 6 points more than Club Bruges after 30 rounds of play. However, this was reduced to just 3 points because of the play-off system: all the points are divided by two before the start. Still, Anderlecht are considered as the big favourites for the league title as they had the best results in their matches against the top-6 in the regular season.

Club Bruges are now just one point behind after beating defending champions KRC Genk on Friday.

AA Gent wipe out last season's nightmare

AA Gent enjoyed an excellent start to the play-offs, beating Standard de Liège 3-0 in Ghent. The Buffaloes, as they are dubbed, are only 4 points behind leaders Anderlecht.

AA Gent had a miserable play-off round last season, when they couldn't even win  a single match in 10 rounds of play.  The Buffaloes lost third place and a European ticket as they were leapfrogged by Standard, as they were left with 4 draws and 6 defeats.

AA Gent were determined to wipe out this huge disappointment in this season's play-offs and it's so far, so good. AA Gent, the best scoring team in the normal competition, added three more goals to their tally, with the three strikers each scoring a goal: Elimane Coulibaly, Zlatan Ljubijankic and Petit-Pelé Mboyo.

AA Gent refuse to speak about the title, claiming they are content with keeping third place and a ticket for the Europa League, but could emerge as the third dog in the battle.