A game with two different faces

In football, AA Gent managed to take a point home from a trip to Anderlecht. The Brussels home team took a flying start, but collapsed after half an hour of play. AA Gent dominated play after the break, but didn't get further than an equaliser.
Anderlcht winger Guillaume Gillet (r) chases AA Gent playmaker Brecht Dejaegere.

Anderlecht's strong start resulted in a goal after 12 minutes, a strong header by striker Idrissa Sylla (small photo), who had joined Anderlecht from Zulte Waregem last winter. Sylla took his tally to 3 goals in the league this season and now heads the list together with OH Leuven's Jovan Kostovski.

AA Gent escaped a second goal and slowly recovered after 20 minutes. The champions saw playmaker Brecht Dejaegere's header stopped by Anderlecht goalkeeper Silvio Proto.

AA Gent dominated play after the break and managed to equalise when striker Laurent Depoitre headed home an assist by winger Thomas Foket. AA Gent had various chances now but Depoitre forgot to net a second one and the Swiss midfielder Daniel Milicevic had two free kicks just missing target. 1-1 in the end, a missed opportunity for AA Gent.

"If we want to bring this type of football, we should be top fit. In the end, we should be happy with this result", said Anderlecht coach Besnik Hasi. "We were like a diesel. Anderlecht overpowered us at the start, but in the second we showed what we are capable of", AA Gent coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck told reporters.

Relief in Mechelen and Westerlo

  • In other action, Zulte Waregem failed to move past KRC Genk (0-0). Zulte Waregem had the best chances, but missed their Senegalese striker, the veteran player and team Captain Mbaye Leye.
  • Kortrijk-Lokeren (0-0) was a dull match to quickly forget. KV Mechelen posted their first victory of the new season after two defeats, downing bottom-of-the-table Excelsior Mouscron 3-1. It was Mechelen's first game on their home ground, due to renovation works. A new grandstand is being built to receive more fans.
  • Westerlo also celebrated their first victory of the season, beating newcomers OH Leuven 3-2. Westerlo were saved by some top-notch interventions by goalkeeper Koen Van Langendonck.
  • Sint-Truiden and KV Oostende, the two early revelations, shared the points (1-1) at Staaien in Limburg. STVV, the only team playing on artificial grass in the top flight, climbed 1-0 up via striker Edmilson. KVO, the team sponsored by business tycoon Marc Coucke, equalised through Joseph Akpala, a deserved equaliser after a balanced match.

KVO and STVV alongside Anderlecht

With 2 matches to go on Sunday evening (Charleroi - Club Brugge and Standard - Waasland-Beveren), 3 teams are heading the table with 7 points from 3 games: KV Oostende, Anderlecht and Sint-Truiden. Champions AA Gent are in 4th place with 5 points. OH Leuven and Mouscron-Péruwelz are left without a single point.