Zulte Waregem top of the league

The Belgian First Division has a new leader in the shape of Zulte Waregem. The team the fans call “Essevee” enjoyed at 2-1 home win against Sporting Anderlecht. Earlier on Sunday evening, KRC Genk suffered a 2-0 defeat at home against Club Brugge.

The fans had to wait until 8:30pm for kick-off in the match between the 1st and 2nd placed teams in Play-off I of the Belgian first division.
The match started with a period of end to end football with neither team looking dangerous.

However, this changed after quarter of an hour when Anderlecht’s Bram Nuytinck brought down Zulte Waregem’s Leye inside the box.

The Senegalese goal-getter scored from the resulting penalty. It was Leye’s fourth goal in two games.

The visitors’ reaction was swift, with De Sutter hitting the post with a long-range shot. Then Massimo Bruno was unable to beat Bruzzese from the resulting re-bound.

On the half hour Leye had the chance to widen Zulte Waregem’s after some good work by Thorgan Hazard. However, his shot went wide. Meanwhile, Anderlecht tried, but failed to create any danger in front of goal.

The second half saw Zulte Waregem continue to push forward. A Franck Berrier shot produced an excellent save from the Anderlecht keeper Silvio Protto. Ten minutes later a Lucas Biglia free-kick was saved by an alert Zulte Waregem keeper Bruzzese.

The Anderlecht coach John Van den Brom brought in Sacha Iakovenko and Gohi Bi Cyriac. However, this did little to improve Anderlecht’s attacking prowess. Junior Malanda made it 2-0 to Zulte Waregem 10 minutes from time and it seemed to be over and out Anderlecht.

However, Mbokani gave the visitors fresh hope with a goal in the final minute of normal time. It was too, little too late and the match ended 2-1 to Zulte Waregem.

The result sees Zulte Waregem leap-frog over Sporting Anderlecht. Zulte Waregem now has 40 points, with Sporting Anderlecht second on 39 points.

There is still everything to play for in what has become an exciting title race.

KRC Genk beaten at home by Club Brugge

Club Brugge seem to have recovered from Thursday’s defeat at the hands of Zulte Waregem. The West Fleming’s enjoyed a 2-0 win away at Racing Genk.

Club’s goal came from Carlos Bacca (photo) on 21 minutes with Eidur Gudjohnsen making it 2-0 to the visitors a minute from time. Racing Genk remains fourth with 35 points, while Club Brugge is fifth with 34 points.