A black December month for KRC Genk

In football, Boxing Day sees 7 different matches in the top flight. Cup winners KRC Genk from Limburg suffered another shock defeat, 0-3 before their home crowd against Charleroi. Defending champions Anderlecht are playing tonight, as they host Zulte Waregem.

Genk were considered as one of the outsiders for the league title, but suffered a 6th defeat in 7 matches. The last 5 league matches were all lost. Genk are now slipping to 6th place in the rankings - just enough to make it into the season-ending play-offs for the title.

Dutch Team Manager Mario Been still has some credit left though, as he steered his boys to the knock-out phase of the Europa League. Genk are the only Belgian team left in Europe after the winter break. The Limburgers are also active in the Belgian Cup, contrary to teams like Anderlecht, Club Brugge and Standard.

It was David Pollet who sealed it for Charleroi in Genk's Cristal Arena, scoring two goals (including one from the penalty spot).

Lokeren confirm their top-6 ambitions

In other action, Lokeren beat KV Oostende 0-3, confirming their top-6 ambitions. OH Leuven climbed up the relegation zone by beating Cercle Brugge 3-0, while Lierse SK downed KV Mechelen 3-0. Ambitious AA Gent were beaten 1-0 by RAEC Mons, a very disappointing result for the Buffaloes that eye European football next season.