Club Bruges, one of the traditional top clubs in the Belgian league, had lost their five previous matches, which was almost unprecedented in the club's recent history. Two weeks ago, Georges Leekens was dismissed, but it took the management 10 days to come up with a new coach.
Club Brugge wanted to do their homework well after the bad spell under Georges Leekens, and chose the former coach of the Spanish club Villarreal.
Club Bruges travelled to Waasland-Beveren (East Flanders) yesterday evening and showed that the tables are starting to turn, by whipping the home team 2-6. After half an hour of play, Bruges were leading 0-3 already, before extending their lead to 0-6 in the second half, goals by strikers Carlos Bacca (2), Lior Refaelov (2), Maxime Lestienne and Björn Vleminckx (small photo).
Veteran Belgian striker Wesley Sonck (34) put the final score on the board, converting a penalty. Colombian striker Carlos Bacca took his tally to 13 goals and takes the lead in the top scorers table.
The heavy defeat was one too many for Waasland coach Dirk Geeraerd, who was shown the door. "It was a painful decision to make", the club said in a statement. Dirk Geeraerd had steered the modest club to promotion from the second division last season.
Cercle - Genk 3-1: shock defeat for Genk
KRC Genk suffered their first defeat in an away match this season, as Cercle Bruges continued their resurrection under Dutch coach Foeke Booy. Genk, one of three Belgian clubs still active in European football, had an off-day while Cercle Bruges played an excellent match. "I have no explanation for this", Genk Captain Jelle Vossen told reporters. Cercle could count once again on midfielder Eidur Gudjohnsen, who made his 5th goal for the club. "Foeke Booy's fresh approach is paying off. He thinks differently and Cercle needed this."
Lierse - AA Gent 2-0: Ghent in dire straits
Hard times for fans of AA Gent. The East Flemish club is in the doldrums, despite the arrival of the new coach Bob Peeters. Peeters only managed to steer Gent to 1 point in 3 matches. Lierse had sacked their coach Chris Janssens last Monday, with Egypt's Hany Ramzy taking over. Lierse had a strong performance and deservedly took the 3 points, two goals by Bulgarian striker Kostadin Huzarov. Reaching the season-ending play-offs will become a tough uphill battle for Ghent, while Lierse will concentrate on avoiding relegation.
OHL - RAEC Mons 1-3: OHL lost the momentum
Oud-Heverlee Leuven seem to have lost the momentum after posting 5 back-to-back wins and climbing into the top-6 as one the league's biggest surprises this season. However, a strong Mons took the 3 points home from Leuven (Flemish Brabant) after 3 goals by their French striker Jérémy Perbet, who is back on track after a possible transfer distracted him at the start of the season.
Charleroi - KV Mechelen 1-1: bad luck for the Zebras
The Zebras, as the Charleroi players are dubbed, were unlucky not to win the game against KV Mechelen, as they hit the post or the bar three times. Still, Guiseppe Rossini managed to keep a point home, wiping out the Mechelen lead after the break.
Zulte Waregem - Standard 0-0: a close match
The clash between Zulte Waregem, the big surprise in second place, and Standard ended in a goalless draw on Sunday afternoon. In the first leg, Zulte had stunned Standard by taking it 0-1 in Liège, but Standard kept a good organisation this time. Both teams had their chances in a tense end to the match, but neither side managed to score.