Last-minute effort by "God" seals it for Anderlecht

It was Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani, also dubbed "Dieu" or "God" who broke the deadlock for his club as the leaders were heading for a goalless draw against revelations KV Kortrijk. The late win (1-0) allowed Anderlecht to extend their lead in the top flight in Belgian football.

KV Kortrijk played well-organised, but South-African goalkeeper Darren Keet had more than enough work. Keet emerged as the best man on the pitch and even stopped a Lucas Biglia penalty before being beaten on 90 minutes by Congolese striker Mbokani (photo). The win puts Anderlecht 4 points in front of Zulte Waregem with 34 points from 16 matches.

Sporting Lokeren joined Zulte Waregem in second place with 30 points after downing Beerschot, also winning 1-0 and also after a last-minute effort. Benjamin Mokulu was the hero for the Lokeren fans at Daknam (East Flanders) as he scored in added time. Despite the good football and excellent results, the Lokeren crowd didn't even exceed 5,000.

Critics say that for a small country like Belgium, 16 clubs in the top flight is simply too much. Football fans can find a club every 30 or 50 kilometres in the area between Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels and Liège. However, attempts to reduce the number of clubs in the Jupiler Pro League were blocked by the smaller clubs.

Anderlecht receive AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday. A win would guarantee the Brussels club European football after the winter break.