A two-horse race for the title

In the penultimate games of this season's Belgian First Division Play-off I, there were victories for the league-leaders Sporting Anderlecht, Standard de Liège and Racing Genk. Racing Genk's 3-2 win at home against Club Brugge spells the end of the West Flemings' title hopes.

Meanwhile, Anderlecht's 2-1 win away at Zulte Waregem spells the end of any dreams Francky Dury's men might have had of winning the league.

In a match that was watched by the Chelsea Coach Jose Mourinho, Anderlecht took command early on and were soon two-up thanks to goal from Kouyaté on 16 minutes and Bruno on 25 minutes.

An own goal from Bram Nuytinkx on 72 minutes made for a final score of 2-1 in Anderlecht's favour. Anderlecht remains top of the table with 48 point, two more than second-placed Standard.

The match between Sporting Lokeren and Standard de Liège saw the visitors dominant early on. Igor De Camargo opened the scoring for the visitors after just 3 minutes of play. Ezekiel made it 2-0 to Standard on the half hour and the Liège side seemed to be cruising towards victory.

Standard extended their lead in the second half through an Mpoku penalty on 65 minutes. An Opare own goal in the first minute of injury time made for a final score of 3-1 in Standard's favour. Standard moves up to second in the table with 46 point, Lokeren is 5th with 34 points.

Bye, bye Club Brugge

It was a sad day for Club Brugge on Thursday. Not only did one of their most loyal supporters, the former Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene die aged 72, but they also saw any chance of winning the league melt away.

Despite starting the match as the better team club Brugge when behind after De Bock put the ball into the back of the home team's net on 25 minutes. Maxime Lestienne put Club Brugge back on level terms 8 minutes later.

An exciting second half saw chances at both ends and three goals. Racing Genk regained the lead with Kumordzi making it 2-1 on 56 minutes. Club Brugge drew level through Sobota on 73 minutes.

However, it was over and out for the West Flemings when Mboyo made it 3-2 to Racing Genk 6 minutes from time. The result sees Club Brugge slip back to 3rd in the table.

The best the West Flemings can now hope for is second-place in the league and a place in the qualifying rounds of next season's Champions' League. Racing Genk remains 6th.