Modest Lierse SK stunned champions Anderlecht in the first surprise of the evening: 2-2. Anderlecht, playing in pink for the occasion, looked set to take it 1-2 in Lier, but Pierre-Yves Ngawa headed home the equaliser in added time.
Anderlecht were frustrated, as two of their goals had been disallowed, two wrong decisions by the referee it turned out.
Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour had an inappropriate reaction towards the crowd when leaving the pitch (photo). Lierse are becoming Anderlecht's "Angstgegner": the Brussels club lost precious points in Lier for the 5th consecutive season.
The biggest surprise of the evening was the home defeat for Standard de Liège. Standard got whipped 3-5 by Ostend. The result was all the more astonishing because until now KV Oostende had never scored at Standard in a league match.
Four different Ostend players found the way to the net and Standard also had an own-goal. The Reds from Liège are completely adrift and a growing number of local supporters want coach Guy Luzon to pack his bags. (top photo: Ostend coach Frederik Vanderbiest addresses the Ostend crowd that had travelled all the way from the coach to the Ardennes after the match).
Celtic striker Baldé with a touch of magic
Zulte Waregem were trashed 1-4 before their home crowd by underdogs Waasland-Beveren. "This is a very heavy blow for us", Zulte Waregem Francky Dury admitted. His team lost several key players during the summer transfer window and Dury is building a new team with young talented players. The visitors enjoyed a unique goal through Amido Baldé, a striker on loan from Celtic. He scored with a thundering kick from a 40 metre range.
KV Mechelen cruised past revelations Westerlo, 5-2, putting a stop to the fine run the newly-promoted team had had so far.
Cercle Brugge posted a 1-0 victory against Charleroi. The 3 points lift Cercle out of the danger zone.