Shock defeat for Anderlecht

In football, champions Anderlecht were stunned by modest Sporting Charleroi. Zulte Waregem continue their excellent run and are sharing the lead now, at least for one day, after beating newly promoted Waasland Beveren. Kortrijk and Genk shared the points, which allowed Genk to keep their unbeaten status.
Right: Charleroi players (dubbed the Zebras) celebrate against Anderlecht. In the background: disappointment with the Brussels players.

Anderlecht are going through rough times. The Brussels champions lost 4 of their 5 previous matches: against Malaga and Zenit in the Champions League, and against Standard and Charleroi in the domestic competition. In between, a crisis was averted by beating Waasland Beveren.

However, the defeat at Charleroi must have come as a shock. Charleroi hadn't done well at all this season, and were only just above the relegation zone. It may be a comforting thought for Anderlecht that the club had enough chances to win the match, but the strikers failed on each occasion. At the same time, to make matters worse, Anderlecht goalkeeper Silvio Proto had a bad day, blundering just before the second goal, when he let go of an easy ball, which caused the 2-0 final score.

KRC Genk keep their unbeaten status

KV Kortrijk and KRC Genk shared the points on Sunday afternoon (1-1). In Kortrijk (West Flanders), Genk climbed ahead after the break through the Belgian striker Jelle Vossen. With 40 minutes to go, this was the signal for Kortrijk to up the pressure.

The home team had several chances to equalise, but looked set to have a frustrating afternoon until Pablo Chavarria headed home the 1-1 in the dying minutes. The former Pensions Ministers and future Kortrijk Mayor Vincent Van Quickenborne (Flemish liberal) was delighted with the equaliser.

The result allowed KRC Genk to keep their status as the only unbeaten team in the top flight. On the other hand, Genk missed the chance to take the lead, at least for a couple of hours. 

Zulte Waregem the big surprise

Zulte Waregem continued their excellent run under coach Francky Dury, beating Waasland Beveren in Beveren 0-2. The French in-form playmaker Frank Berrier scored both goals. The win took Zulte Waregem to first place, equal on points with Club Bruges, who are still playing on Sunday afternoon. Still, Berrier kept a low profile: "We just want to retain our place in the top-6."

Oud-Heverlee Leuven: 4 in a row

Another team that has the momentum is Oud-Heverlee Leuven. "OHL" took the 3 points home from Beerschot (1-3) and keep their place in the top-6. It was OHL's fourth consecutive victory. The league's top scorer Ibou didn't score this time. Oud-Heverlee Leuven are just inside the top-6 now, and are the best scoring team in the competition with 28 goals (Club Bruges have 26 with one game to play).

AA Gent hesitant after the post-Sollied era

AA Gent played their first match in the post-Sollied era. The former assistant coach Manu Ferrera took over as head coach and made the Belgian striker Ilombe Mboyo Captain of the team. Mboyo, dubbed "Petit Pelé" after the Brazilian football legend, thanked his coach with two goals, 2-0. Gent lost yet another key midfielder, Mamatou N'Diaye, who was replaced by youngster Thomas Foket.

Chris Janssens feels the pressure

KV Mechelen beat Lierse 3-0, a result that leaves Lierse in dire straits just above the relegation zone. Lierse coach Chris Janssens survived a motion of no-confidence this week, his position remains precarious.