Sporting Lokeren score 6 times, retain 3rd place

In football, revelations Sporting Lokeren (East Flanders) had an easy evening at Oud-Heverlee Leuven, taking it 2-6. In other action, AA Gent held Standard to a draw, while Beerschot lost yet another match, 4-0 at Kortrijk. Beerschot, the only Antwerp club in the top flight, are in dire straits in their fight against relegation.
Lokeren had every reason to celebrate at "Den Dreef" in Leuven, Flemish Brabant.
  • Benjamin Mokulu scored 3 times to help Lokeren to an easy victory in Leuven. "It was my first hat-trick in the top flight. It feels as if my part in the victory is bigger than for others, but of course that's wrong."
  • AA Gent are slowly making their way up again under new Spanish coach Victor Fernandez, holding Standard to a goalless draw in Ghent. Standard had the best chances in the last part of the match, but missed the opportunities, allowing Fernandez to grab a point in his first match in the Belgian league.Fernandez made the headlines in the nineties, when he won the European Cup for Cup winners with Real Zaragoza, beating Arsenal in the final.
  • KRC Genk cruised past Charleroi, 3-1, confirming their ambitions for a place in the season-ending play-off I. The top-6 will play a play-off competition to decide about the title and two places in Europe next season. The number 4 will meet the winner of play-off II for the last European ticket.
  • KV Kortrijk could well finish just outside the top-6, despite beating Beerschot 4-0. Beerschot are in big trouble on last-but-one place. Relegation would be a disaster for the traditional club, and would leave the city of Antwerp without any team in the top flight next season.
  • KV Mechelen kept the momentum they had before the winter break, winning 2-3 at Mons.

Standings (matches played and points):

  1. Anderlecht  22-52
  2. Zulte Waregem 22-44
  3. Lokeren           23-43
  4. Standard          23-39
  5. Club Brugge    22-39
  6. KRC Genk       23-39
  7. KV Kortrijk       23-32
  8. KV Mechelen   23-32
  9. RAEC Mons     23-31
  10. OH Leuven      23-28
  11. Charleroi          23-24
  12. AA Gent           23-23
  13. Waasland-Beveren 23-23
  14. Lierse               23-19
  15. Beerschot         23-18
  16. Cercle Brugge  22-14

Cercle Bruges - Club Bruges and Anderlecht - Zulte Waregem were scheduled for Sunday, but both matches have been postponed due to the snow.