Anderlecht take a false start, Bruges win

The new Belgian football season kicked off on Saturday with a small surprise as champions Anderlecht failed to move past KV Kortrijk. Ambitious FC Bruges did better and won their first game against newly promoted Waasland-Beveren.

Anderlecht's newly-arrived coach John van den Brom started the competition with a draw. A goal by defender Olivier Deschacht wiped out an early West-Flemish lead. Anderlecht had been given a penalty earlier, but Kortrijk's substitute goalkeeper Darren Keet stopped Dieumerci Mbokani's penalty kick.

Anderlecht's main rivals for the title, Club Bruges, swiftly moved past newly-promoted Waasland-Beveren. Bruges (small photo) climbed to a 3-0 lead in the first half after a double effort by forward Igor Refaelov. Waasland pulled one back before halftime and missed the chance to bring back the tension in the second. It was the first league match for the new Bruges Georges Leekens, who left the national team in a controversial move.

In other action, KV Mechelen beat Charleroi 4-2 with two goals in the last 10 minutes. After the match, there were some riots with Beerschot fans near the Kiel Stadium.

Cup winners Lokeren won away at Beerschot 2-4 and RAEC Mons whipped Oud-Heverlee Leuven 5-2, despite playing without their top scorer Jérémy Perbet.

Tonight sees three more games with also AA Gent, KRC Genk and Standard in action.