Spectacular comeback ends in top flight

Moeskroen-Péruwelz gained promotion to the highest Belgian football league, the Jupiler Pro League. The club from Hainaut province beat Sint-Truiden 2-4 in a spectacular away win last night to win the round-robin mini-tournament for a place in the top flight next season. The tournament included 3 second-division clubs and 1 top-flight club, OH Leuven, that have been relegated as a result.

Moeskroen took it 2-4 in Sint-Truiden (Limburg), while challengers Eupen - from the German-speaking part of Belgium - lost their final match 2-1 at Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

For Moeskroen, the promotion is the latest part in a remarkable comeback. The club disappeared from the top flight in 2009 due to financial woes. It was reanimated thanks to a merger with third-division Péruwelz. The club could take a new start in third division and climbed back to the top, also thanks to a cooperation with French club Lille. After 4 years, Moeskroen are back.

The city of Moeskroen is now situated in the Walloon province of Hainaut, but used to belong to the province of West Flanders before the language divide was officialised in 1963. It has almost 60,000 inhabitants.