Anderlecht wipe out mid-week embarrassment

In football, Anderlecht have put an end to their mid-week misery when they were ousted in the Belgian Cup by second-division Westerlo. The defending champions avoided an even bigger crisis by beating Waasland-Beveren 2-0. Standard keep the lead, despite a turbulent draw at OH Leuven.

A walk in the park for Anderlecht

Anderlecht had no problem beating modest Waasland-Beveren (2-0). Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ronald Vargas, back after a long injury spell, scored in each half. After having been ousted in the Cup and without any real chance to survive in Europe, Anderlecht have to focus completely on the domestic competition. Meanwhile, Waasland-Beveren can't turn the tide and linger in last-but-one position, despite the arrival of a new coach, youngster Bob Peeters.

Zulte kept to a draw by bottom-of-the-table club

Zulte Waregem, last season's runners-up, were kept to a draw at RAEC Mons (1-1). Mons remain bottom-of-the-table, but have found the momentum back after a disastrous start. Zulte-Waregem meanwhile still have good chance to qualify in the Europa League after beating Wigan Athletic and also advanced in the Cup.

Kortrijk escape embarrassing defeat

KV Kortrijk only just escaped an embarrassing home defeat against Charleroi. KVK had stunned Club Brugge in the Cup last Wednesday, and it looked as if the players were still resting on their laurels. Substitute Robert Klaasen salvaged a point by scoring 3 minutes from time (1-1), wiping out a David Pollet goal.

KV Kortrijk will have to battle it out with AA Gent and Sporting Lokeren for the final top-6 spot, which earns teams a ticket for the season-ending play-offs.

Bruges cruise to 3-0 victory

Club Brugge, without injured striker Tom De Sutter, downed KV Mechelen 3-0. Bruges, considered as one of the big favourites to win the league title, were 2-0 up at the break and were never in trouble. Just like Anderlecht, Bruges only have the competition left to shine, but the newly-arrived coach Michel Preud'homme may well steer them to a first league title in 8 years.

AA Gent keep the momentum

AA Gent continue their fine run. The Belgian Cup included, the Buffaloes now have 5 consecutive victories. Their latest success came at Lierse SK (1-3). Winger Yassine El Ghanassy gave the visitors in Lier an early lead and sealed it for Ghent by converting a penalty 15 minutes from time. After a poor spell in the month of October, AA Gent are climbing to 7th place, just 1 point behind Kortrijk now.

A first for KV Oostende

Newly-promoted Ostend beat Cercle Brugge 2-0 and look set for a comfortable season, staying nicely out of the relegation zone. It was the first time ever that Ostend managed to beat their West-Flemish neighbours in the Belgian top flight. Jordan Lukaku, the brother of Everton's Romelu, was in Ostend's starting 11 (photo below).

Sunday's games:

OH Leuven - Standard 0-0 

KRC Genk - Lokeren

(Standard retain the lead despite the draw and are 2 points clear of Club Brugge. The match was marred by various fouls and a heavy incident between Standard's Mehdi Carcela and Leuven striker Björn Ruytinckx. The latter fouled Carcela and hit his ankle so badly that Carclea could not continue. The ankle may be broken. After the intervention, Carcela hit Ruytinckx in the face. Carcela was sent off, while Ruytinckx was only shown a yellow card)