AA Gent maintain three-point lead after win at Standard

The two on-form teams of the moment meet in Liège on Sunday evening. Top of the table AA Gent are the first Belgium team to make it through to the second round of the Champions League since Sporting Anderlecht in the 2001-2002. The Buffaloes are also in the semi-finals of the Belgian Cup and odds-on favourites to succeed themselves as Belgian league champions.

Meanwhile, Standard have climbed up the league after having been bottom earlier this season. Victory on Sunday would have put Standard in the top six.

A hard-fought first half saw chances for AA Gent’s Simon, while Trebel’s shot went just over for Standard. Standard’s Fiore found the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed for off-side. An enjoyable first half ended goalless.

The second half saw AA Gent take command. Depoitre put the Buffaloes one-up on 49 minutes and Golden Boot Kums made it 2-0 on 55 minutes. Dejaeghere put the final nail into Standard’s coffin with his 70th minute goal. AA Gent continued to push forward and the Standard substitute Badibanga tried to salvage at least a conciliation goal.

However, it was not to be and the match ended 3-0 in AA Gent’s favour. AA Gent are still top of the league with 49 points from 23 games. Standard de Liège is 7th with 31 points.

A difficult win for Anderlecht

Sporting Anderlecht didn’t have an easy ride in their home game against Sporting Charleroi on Sunday afternoon. Perbet had put Charleroi one-up just 2 minutes in.

However, Anderlecht drew level on 4 minutes after Charleroi’s Baby scored an own goal. Charleroi created most of the chances during the rest of the first half. However, the score remained 1-1 at half time.

10 minutes of good football paid off for Anderlecht when Okaka out them 2-1 up on 54 minutes which was the final score. Sporting Anderlecht is 3rd in the league with 44 points from 23 games. Sporting Charleroi is 8th with 31 points.

Club Brugge did what it had to do

Without playing impressive football second-placed Club Brugge did what it had to do at Waasland-Beveren on Sunday evening.

Club took the lead through Engels on 15 minutes. Waasland-Beveren equalised when Engels deflected a Cissé shot past his own team’s keeper. Jelle Vossen's’ first goal of 2016 on 52 minutes was enough to ensure that Club took all three points.

The result sees Club Brugge finish the weekend second with 46 points from 23 games. Waasland-Beveren is 13th with 25 points.