Standard de Liège have yet to lose a match this season, Europa League included. In Ostend, the Liège team had to swallow the first goals of the season though (4-2), but even two goals against were no problem as Standard scored four.
Michy Batshuayi scored a hat-trick for Standard. The Reds won their 7 matches in the domestic league so far, swallowing only 2 goals. The name of newly-arrived coach Guy Luzon didn't ring a bell with many Standard fans two months ago, but he is one of the season's revelations so far. Critics say they want to see what happens if Standard finally lose a match. But for the moment, he is silencing all his critics (photo).
Anderlecht coach: "Happy with what I saw"
Anderlecht were the first team in action, playing at 6 pm on Saturday. The defending champions hosted KV Mechelen and were expected to take an easy win. And an easy win it was, it was actually more a stroll through the Astridpark.
Newly-arrived Serbian international Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice as Anderlecht were leading 4-0 at half-time. Sacha Kljestan, Matias Suarez and Frank Acheampong were responsible for the other goals. Argentina's Suarez also had 3 assists in the 5-0 trouncing of "Malinwa".
"I am happy with what I saw", Anderlecht coach John van den Brom told reporters. "Both in attack and in defence. The pressure was off right from the start after the beautiful opening goal by Mitrovic - after 2 minutes, red." Anderlecht travel to Lisbon now to play Benfica on Tuesday in their first Champions League challenge of the season. "We have a young, but talented team," manager Herman Van Holsbeeck told reporters. "I am very curious to see what they will be capable of."
Tom De Sutter strikes twice
In other action, Club Bruges whipped Lierse 4-1, although the win didn't come as easy as the score suggests. Belgian striker Tom De Sutter (photo below), who left Anderlecht for Bruges last summer, had two goals in the final 10 minutes.
Revelations Lokeren confirmed their top-6 ambitions. Tunesia's Hamdi Harbaoui had two goals as Lokeren beat Cercle 3-0. Ambitious AA Gent suffered a disappointing defeat against KV Kortrijk. Two former Ghent players, striker Elimane Coulibaly and midfielder Stijn De Smet, had assists or goals as KVK won it 3-0. Ivan Santini opened the score for Kortrijk, and is now the league's top scorer together with Suarez and Harbaoui. All three have 6 goals.
OH Leuven - Charleroi was 0-0 and RAEC Mons - Waasland-Beveren 1-1.