Ostend sink defending champions AA Gent at the coast

In football, defending champions AA Gent suffered an embarrassing 5-2 defeat at 4th-placed KV Oostende. The result leaves AA Gent 3 points behind leaders Club Brugge, while Ostend are now guaranteed a ticket to Play-off 1. In other action, OH Leuven lost a crucial match in the fight against relegation, leading most of the match at Mouscron-Péruwelz but swallowing 3 goals in the last 10 minutes. OH Leuven are now in dire straits just 3 rounds of play before the end of the regular competition.

KV Oostende were playing their last match in the Albert Park stadium before moving to Roeselare for the rest of the season. This is because a new grandstand is being built at Ostend. The hosts were also particularly motivated because a win would finally secure them a spot in Play-off 1, where the best 6 teams battle it out for the league title and the European places in a 10-round fight.

KV Oostende were the revelations of the first part of the competition, but had a difficult 2016 so far and lost touch with the top-3 Club Brugge, Anderlecht and AA gent.

Ostend were the better team from the start and scored with two headers to wipe out an early Ghent lead. KVO were leading 3-2 at the break, but things got worse for AA Gent when the hosts added another two, and with AA Gent defender Nana Asare being sent off. It was the former Ghent 'enfant terrible', now playing for Ostend, Yassine El Ghanassy, who made the 5-2 in the final minutes.

AA Gent clearly have a major problem in defence. They swallowed 3 against Wolfsburg in the Champions League last Wednesday, and now 5 in the Belgian league.

OH Leuven lose it all in the final minutes

At the other end of the table, it was drama for OH leuven.

OH Leuven climbed ahead after 13 minutes and controlled the first half. The visitors from Brabant seemed to have things pretty much under control at the break, but Mouscroun-Péruwelz gained ground in the second half. A late goal by Elimane Coulibaly on 81 minutes completely turned things around. OH Leuven were lost and Anice Badri scored twice in the dying minutes of the game to make it 3-1.

The win allowed Mouscron-Péruwelz to leapfrog OH Leuven, which are now bottom of the table with 25 points. Westerlo, Mouscron and Waasland-Beveren (who receive Anderlecht today) have one point more.

In other action, Standard beat Charleroi 3-0 to move closer to the top-6 and to a spot in the season-ending round-robin Play-off 1 competition. Kortrijk beat Sint-Truiden 3-0 while Lokeren and Racing Genk drew 0-0.