Let the play-offs begin!

The final matches in the normal Belgian Football League First Division competition were played on Sunday evening. We now know which teams will compete for the league title in Play-Off I, which teams will compete for a chance of Europa League football in Play-Off II and which teams will fight it out for a chance to try and remain in the First Division in Play-Off 3.

Play-off I

The teams that will compete in Play-Off I will see their points tally halved. This means that despite finishing the regular competition 4 points ahead of Club Brugge, Standard de Liège starts Play-off I with just a 2-point advantage, despite only managing a one-all draw.

Two second half goals from Thomas Meunier were enough to give Club victory in the Bruges derby against Cercle. Meanwhile, Standard could only manage a one-all draw away at Waasland Beveren.

The team that finnished third in the league Sporting Anderlecht enjoyed a 4-0 home win against KV Oostende. Anderlecht starts Play-Off I, five points behing Standard and three points behind Club Brugge. 

The fourth team in Play-Off I is Zulte Waregem that beat AA Gent 1-0 in Ghent. Zulte Waregem will start Play-Off I with 27 points, two less than Sporting Anderlecht and seven less than Standard.   

The fifth team in Play-Off I is Sporting Lokeren. The East Flemings won their match away at Lierse 2-1.  

Finally, Racing Genk made it by the skin of their teeth into Play-Off I with a  two-all draw away at KV Kortrijk. 

Play-Off II

AA Gent's 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Zulte Waregem sees them just miss out on Play-Off I.

The other teams that will compete in Play-Off II are KV Kortrijk (two all draw against Genk), KV Oostende (4-0 defeat by Anderlecht), Sporting Charleroi, KV Mechelen (3-0 to Charleroi), Cercle Brugge (lost 2-0 against Club Brugge). Lierse (beaten 2-1 at home by Charleroi) and Waasland Beveren.

The 8 teams will be divided into 2 groups. The winner of each group will play the Play-Off II final for the opportunity to compete against the fourth placed team in Play-Off I for a place in next season's Europa League.

Play-off III

Waasland-Beveren's draw at home against Standard meant that OHL Leuven's fate was sealed whatever the result of their match away at RAEC Mons that ended 3-2 in Mons' favour.

OHL Leuven and RAEC Mons will not meet each other again up to five times to decide which of them will compete for a place in next season's First Division in the Second Division Play-Offs.

As they finished higher in the league than RAEC Mons, OH Leuven starts Play-Off III with a three points.