A walk in the park for Cup winners Genk

On the first day of play of the Belgian domestic football league, Cup winners KRC Genk cruised past newcomers KV Oostende, who were confronted with the fact that they still have a big gap to bridge if they want to stay up. Last season's revelations Zulte Waregem squeezed past Lierse.

KRC Genk had an easy challenge to start with: a home match against newly-promoted KV Oostende. The Limburgers didn't fail and took it 3-0, after goals by striker Jelle Vossen and midfielders Fabien Camus and Thomas Buffel, a former Glasgow Rangers player.

Last season's vice-champions Zulte Waregem moved past Lierse, 1-2. In Lier, it was Thorgan Hazard who made the winning-goal just before the break at 1-all. The brother of Chelsea's Eden Hazard proved his worth for Zulte, after rejecting an offer from Anderlecht. Hazard is on loan from Chelsea. The win is a boost ahead of Zulte Waregem's European game against PSV in the Champions League preliminaries on Tuesday.

In other action, ambitious AA Gent were held to a draw by Waasland-Beveren (1-1), while Kortrijk beat OH Leuven with a last-gasp effort (1-0). RAEC Mons and Cercle Brugge shared the points (1-1).