Club Brugge slips up at Lierse

Saturday saw the first Belgian First Division matches for just over three weeks. Six of this weekend's games were played on Saturday with Standard de Liège kicking off 2014 with a home game against KV Oostende.

Despite winning the game 2-0, Standard had no little trouble containing the "Coast Boys" from Ostend. The season's leading scorer Batshuayi opened the scoring for Standard on 38 minutes, despite having been offside and knocking the ball out of the Ostend keeper Ovono's hands.

Nevertheless, the goal stood and the half ended 1-0 to Standard.
The second half saw KVO continue to give it their all. However, when substitute Igor De Camargo (photo) made it 2-0 to Standard on 72 minutes it was pretty much over for KV Oostende.

Ezekiel almost made it 3-0 in injury time, but his effort went just wide. Standard de Liège remains top of the Belgian First Division with 51 points from 22 games. KV Oostende is 11th with 22 points.

Late goal dashes Club Brugge's hopes

Third in the table Club Brugge failed to take all three points from their match away at 12th-placed Lierse SK. An uneventful first half saw just a hand full of half chances.

Club Brugge took control early in the second half and took the lead through Vázquez on 52 minutes.

The visitors missed several chances to extend their lead and this proved to cost them dear when a Hazoerov (photo) shot was deflected into goal by the Club Brugge keeper Ryan.

The result sees Club Brugge miss out on the chance to move up to second place in the table. The West Flemings remain third with 44 points from 23 games. Lierse SK is 12th with 21 points.

Saturday's other games

Sporting Lokeren has increased its chances of place in a Play-off I with a 3-0 win away at Cercle Brugge. Lokeren's goals came from Vanaken and Harbaoui (x2). Sporting Lokeren is 5th with 39 points from 22 games. Cercle Brugge is 10th with 26 points.

KV Kortrijk took revenge for their elimination from the Belgian Cup by AA Gent earlier this week. The West Flemings beat the Buffaloes 1-0 in Ghent.

KV Kortrijk's goal came from Stijn De Smet. The result sees KV Kortrijk move up to 7th place with 32 points from 22 games. AA Gent is 8th with 27 points.

It was a bad night for OH Leuven. A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Sporting Charleroi sees the team from the Flemish Brabant capital drop down to next to bottom in the table. Charleroi's goals, the first of which was thanks to a blunder by the OHL keeper Logan Bailly, came from Gnohéré on 85 minutes and Kebano in stoppage time.

Waasland-Beveren moves up out of the bottom 2 after an impressive 4-1 home win against bottom club RAEC Mons. Mons had taken an early lead through Dussenne, but three goals from the Serb Veselinovic (photo) and a Dejamin goal 15 minutes from time were enough to give the East Flemings victory.

The result sees Waasland-Beveren move up to 14th in the table with 20 points from 22 games. RAEC remains bottom with just 13 points.