Anderlecht in command at the top

In the first of Saturday evening’s five First Division games, Sporting Anderlecht reaffirmed their commanding position at the top of the league with a two-goal home win against Sporting Lokeren. With the exception of a Mokulu chance for Lokeren around the half hour, the first half was pretty much devoid of goalmouth action. Anderlecht’s opening goal came in the fifth minute of the second half through a Tom De Sutter header (top photo).

A little later, Anderlecht were awarded, but once again failed to convert a penalty. Meanwhile, Lokeren were unable to create anything in the way of chances and it was over and out for the East Flemings when Jakovenko made it 2-0 to Anderlecht in the third minute of injury time.

Anderlecht tops the league with 55 points from 23 games. Lokeren is 3rd with 43 points.

Zulte Waregen still in the winning mood

Second-placed Zulte Waregem too enjoyed a 2-0 home win on Saturday evening. This season’s surprise package reaffirmed their status in second place by beating Lierse SK.

The first half got off to a sluggish start. Elgabas had the first chance for the visitors, but his effort was saved by the Zulte Waregem keeper Bossut. At the other end Leye wasted a great opportunity to score for the West Flemings, but he shot straight into the arms of the Lierse keeper Sels.

Zulte Waregem’s opening goal came on 28 minutes when a corner was somewhat luckily headed into goal.

Zulte Waregem were awarded a penalty seven minutes into the second half when Ofori brought down Thorgan Hazard inside the box. Berrier (photo) converted and it was 2-0 to Zulte Waregem.

The result sees Zulte Waregem remain second with 47 points from 23 games. Lierse SK remains next to bottom with 19 points from 24 games.
 

KV Mechelen still in the running

KV Mechelen’s 2-1 home win against Racing Genk on Saturday keeps Malinwa’s dreams of a Play-off I place very much alive.

All three goals came in the second half with KV Mechelen opening the scoring on 55 minutes through Pedersen (photo).

Genk that had dominated the first half and were the better side during much of the second, drew level through Buffel six minutes from time. The match seemed to be heading for a draw.

However, Iddi’s goal in the 3rd minute of injury time was enough to give KV Mechelen victory. The result sees KV Mechelen move up to 7th place with 35 points from 24 games. Racing Genk is 6th with 39 points.

Onwards and an upwards for Waasland-Beveren

Waasland-Beveren continued their improved run of form under Glen De Boeck with a 2-0 home win against OH Leuven.

Both Waasland-Beveren's goals came in the second half. Badash opened the scoring on 73 minutes with De Smet making it 2-0 ten minutes later.

The result sees Waasland-Beveren move up to 11th place with 26 points from 24 games. OH Leuven is 10 with 28 points.

Goalless and postponed

Beerschot AC’s first match since the return of Jacky Mathijssen as coach ended in a goalless draw against RAEC Mons. Beerschot AC are 14th with 19 points from 24 games. RAEC Mons are 9th with 32 points.

The match between Sporting Charleroi and Cercle Brugge was postponed due to the weather.