Shock defeat of Bruges good news for Newcastle?

OH Leuven have the momentum in the Belgian football league. The Brabant team whipped leaders Club Bruges 4-1 in Leuven and climbed into the top-6 at the expense of AA Gent, that suffered a surprise defeat against KV Kortrijk.
Georges Leekens has some work to do to prepare his team for Newcastle.

One thing is for sure: Oud-Heverlee Leuven have the momentum in the top flight. After beating newcomers Waasland-Beveren 5-2 and Sporting Charleroi 0-4, they steamrolled through to beat Club Bruges 4-1, the first league defeat of the season for the league leaders.

Club Bruges had been warned and took a good start, with in-form striker Carlos Bacca (photo) putting the visitors ahead. However, OH Leuven's confidence is sky-high and the team of coach Ronny Van Geneugden, a former midfielder, has quite some talent in attack with the Africans Derick Chuka, Christian Pouga and Ebrahima Ibou.

Ebrahima 'Ibou" Sawaneh is a German-Gambian striker who added 3 goals to his tally against Bruges. He is the league's top scorer with 11 goals in 11 matches.

Georges Leekens, who left the Belgian national team to steer Club Bruges to success, congratulated Ronny Van Geneugden but added that "the score doesn't represent the match. We also had a lot of chances. I am in a bad mood. I hate losing." The loss is bad news for Bruges only days before the clash with against Newcastle United in the Europa League.

The spectacular win allows OH Leuven to climb into the top-6, which guarantees teams a place in the season-ending play-offs. OHL are also one of the best scoring teams in the league: with 25 goals scored, they are only beaten by Club Bruges with 26 goals.

A walk in the park for KRC Genk

Club Bruges and Anderlecht are equal on points now at the top of the table, sharing the lead with 22 points from 11 matches. KRC Genk are only one point behind after beating Beerschot 3-0. Genk were never in trouble, leading 2-0 at halftime.

The local Limburg striker Jelle Vossen scored once for Genk. The match was also a clash between 2 Dutch coaches: Mario Been of KRC Genk and Adrie Koster of Beerschot. "They were simply too strong for us", Adrie Koster admitted after the match. Genk are the only unbeaten team in the top flight.

New problems for AA Gent

AA Gent are in trouble - again - after losing 0-1 against Kortrijk. The Buffaloes, as the Ghent players are dubbed, lost a match they definitely wanted to win after losing points in previous matches.

At the same time, the West-Flemings of KV Kortrijk are challengers for a place in the top-6. Playing before their home crowd, AA Gent took a good start, but KVK scored after some poor Ghent defending through Mustapha Oussalah, a former Ghent player.

Kortrijk kept the match under control afterwards, a big disappointment for ambitious AA Gent and their Norwegian coach Trond Sollied, who had told reporters before the match that "it's time to spoil the fans."

Cercle Bruges remain bottom-of-the-table

In other action, revelations Zulte Waregem were surprised by Sporting Lokeren (0-3) but keep their place in the top-6. At the bottom of the table, newcomers Sporting Charleroi took 3 golden points at Lierse (0-1), while Cercle Bruges could not benefit from the efforts of Eidur Gudjohnsen, 1-2 against KV Mechelen. Cercle Bruges remain bottom-of-the-table with just 4 points, 3 behind Waasland-Beveren.