Standard still top, but only just

The three of this weekend’s Belgian First Division matches were played on Sunday. Once again the league leaders Standard de Liège dropped point, only managing a goalless draw against 5th placed Club Brugge. However, second-placed Racing Genk was unable to capitalise, losing 1-0 at home against Sporting Anderlecht. . Zulte Waregem’s 2-0 win away at Waasland Beveren sees them maintain 3rd place.

Standard started strongly, but Club Brugge came into the match after around 10 minutes of play.

There were few if any chances at either end until Mecheles’ header tested the Standard keeper Kawashima on the half hour. At the other end Ryan and Batshuayi had chances for Standard.

Club Brugge was the best team early in the second half. Standard’s Vainqueur and Buyens were both shown yellow card. There were chances for Club Brugge through Duarte and Lestienne.

Standard’s best chance of the half came from Buyens. The result sees Standard remain top with 34 points from 15 games. Club Brugge is 5th with 30 points.

Early exclusion proves fatal for Racing Genk

After having started strongly Racing Genk went down to 10 men after Kara was given a red card for a foul on Acheampong after just 9 minutes of play.

Praet was the first Anderlecht player to test the Genk keeper Köteles. However, it was Genk that had the best chance of the half through Camus.

Anderlecht had the upper hand and disasters truck for Genk just before half time when Vossen lest the pitch injured.

The second half saw Anderlecht push forward. Acheampong shot wide and Mitrovic was just too late to kick the ball home. Anderlecht’s winning goal came on 79 minutes through Mbemba (photo) Racing Genk remains 2nd with 32 points from 15 games. Anderlecht is 4th with 31 points.

Three points for Zulte Waregem

In the final game of the weekend Zulte Waregem enjoyed a 2-0 home win against Waasland-Beveren. Zulte Waregem’s goals came from a Haribou penalty on 72 minutes (that was initially saved by Coosemens, but scored on the rebound) and Caceres five minutes later.

Waasland-Beveren played the last 20 minutes of the game with 10 men after Blondelle was sent off for the foul that resulted in the aforementioned penalty.

The result sees Zulte-Waregem third with 32 points. Waasland-Beveren is 15th with 9 points.