Zulte Waregem beaten by Lokeren

Zulte Waregem has lost for the first time since the start of the play-offs. Franck Dury’s men were beaten 3-2 by Sporting Lokeren. The result means that Zulte Waregem miss out on the chance to go top of the league.

The first half started with both teams playing cautiously. However, the match came to life on 19 minutes when a great individual effort by Bongonda saw the Zulte Waregem go one up.

Lokeren lacked drive and it wasn’t until an excellent free-kick from hit the back of the net that the home side finally woke up. The first half ended one all.

Just before and just after half time, Vanaken tried (and failed) to get a penalty. Lokeren was the more positive side in the second half and the East Fleming made the most of uncertainties in the Zulte Waregem defence. Harbaoui scored his 20th goal of the season on 61 minutes to make it 2-1 to Lokeren.

Zulte Waregem pushed forward and drew level through an own goal by Lokeren’s Scholz. However, Zulte Waregem’s joy was short-lived and substitute De Pauw couldn’t believe his luck when Bossut blundered to allow him to put Lokeren 3-2 up.

Zulte Waregem pushed forward, but were unable to salvage anything from the game.

The result sees Sporting Lokeren in 5th place with 31 points. Zulte Waregem is 3rd with 37 points.