Standard escaped against KV Mechelen (2-0). The league's top scorer Michy Batshuayi made it 1-0 on 72 minutes (photo), but 10 minutes from time the visitors from Mechelen got a penalty. In-form Standard goalkeeper Eji Kawashima stopped Seth De Witte's penalty kick, with De Witte being sent off just minutes later. In a spectacular last quarter, Imoh Ezekiel doubled the score for Standard.
Title challengers Club Brugge were held to a 1-all draw at Zulte Waregem. It was Senegalese striker Mbaye Leye who saved a point for Zulte in the final minutes. Leye made his long-awaited return in the team after a long injury spell and immediately proved his worth for his team. He also made sure Zulte Waregem retained their unbeaten home record this season.
Tension mounts in Ghent and Genk
In other action, a Björn Ruytinckx goal was enough to hand OH Leuven the 3 points against defending champions Anderlecht (1-0). Anderlecht suffered their 9th defeat in 29 matches, but retain 3rd place. OH Leuven are still hoping to escape the last but one position on the table, which will have them take part in a series of play-off matches against bottom-of-the-table RAEC Mons to stay up.
Leaders Standard now hold a 6 point bonus over second-placed Club Brugge. Anderlecht follow at another 6 points. In the battle for 6th place and the final Play-off 1 ticket, both KRC Genk (3-1 against Mons) and AA Gent (1-4 at Cercle Brugge with a Habib Habibou hattrick) won their match. The last day of play next Sunday will have to decide. AA Gent host Zulte Waregem, while Genk travel to Kortrijk.