Zulte Waregem were leading 3-1 after an hour of play. A win would have allowed them to leapfrog Anderlecht to first place, at least for two days - Anderlecht are playing Club Bruges in a clash of the titans on Sunday. However, a turbulent 20 minutes in which Standard scored 3 times changed it all. To make matters worse, Zulte striker Mbaye Leye was sent off for pushing 5 minutes from time.
TV footage showed that the visitors scored 2 goals from offside position. Referee Jerome Efong Nzolo was not Zulte Waregem's best friend, but players admitted that they also had to look at their proper mistakes (photo: Standard players in white celebrating, disappointment with Zulte Waregem).
RC Genk receive Lokeren on Saturday evening, while Anderlecht host Club Brugge on Sunday. The match could be a crucial one for defending champions Anderlecht, who missed their start in the first two games. A win against their eternal rivals could give them a boost.
Standings after Friday's match
- Anderlecht 2 matches-35 points
- Zulte Waregem 3-34
- Racing Genk 2-32
- Standard 3-32
- Club Brugge 2-30
- Lokeren 2-27