The classic between Anderlecht and Standard was a very tense one and had all the ingredients to add some drama to the game: two players sent off, one wounded player, a coach being sent away after hitting the roof and also two goals.
Anderlecht climbed ahead in the opening minutes through American international Sacha Klejstan. Standard equalised on 36 minutes when Imoh Ezekiel had a perfect finish on a quick counter-attack. After the break, Anderlecht winger Guillaume Gillet sustained a nasty wound on his left leg after a contact with the spikes of Frédéric Bulot. "It looked very nasty, with a lot of blood", players explained after witnessing the incident. Gillet was brought to hospital and could be sidelined for several weeks. His injury after Anderlecht's star player Matias Suarez sustained a heavy knee injury on training. Suarez is expected to misse the rest of the season.
On 57 minutes, Standard were reduced to 10 men, after a second booking for defender Daniel Opare and things got even worse when midfielder William Vainqueur was also sent off after a dangerous tackle. This meant that Anderlecht were 2 men up, but Standard stood strong and survived the storm in the Astridpark and kept it at a draw: 1-1.
Standard coach risks a long suspension
Standard coach Guy Luzon once again put himself in the spotlights by behaving badly. He went crazy after Standard were denied a penalty and after Vainqueur was shown the red card. Luzon was sent to the stands, but after the match he reappeared on the pitch. This could cost him dear and lead to a long suspension.
The two red cards brought the total to 10 in 8 matches this weekend. In other action, Zulte Waregem failed to find their best form back, drawing against Charleroi (1-1).
Standings after 12 days of play:
- Standard 29 points
- KRC Genk 26
- Club Brugge 26
- Z.Waregem 25
- Anderlecht 22
- KV Kortrijk 22
- Lokeren 20
- AA Gent 15
- KV Mechelen 14
- Charleroi 14
- Lierse SK 11
- Cercle Brugge 11
- OH Leuven 10
- KV Oostende 9
- Waasland-Beveren 8
- RAEC Mons 2
Top-6 to play Play-off 1 for the league title at the end of the season.