Round 28 it was in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League, just 2 to go before the season-ending play-offs that will decide everything. Leaders Club Brugge suffered their first defeat after 7 wins in the domestic competition, losing 3-2 at RC Genk.
The Bruges hiccup allowed AA Gent to join Club Brugge in pole-position, after beating Sporting Lokeren in the East-Flemish derby 3-1. Defending champions AA Gent were under pressure, after losing 4 of their last 5 matches (Belgian Cup, domestic league and Champions League combined), but found back their better form on Friday.
Anderlecht and Standard de Liège played their 'classic' in Brussels, drawing 3-all. Standard led 1-2 half-time, but it should have been more. They paid it dear, as Anderlecht managed to climb back to 3-all. Anderlecht were also happy to avoid defeat after a long and tiring European game in Piraeus last Thursday. (photo below: Matías Suárez put Anderlecht ahead 1-0 against Standard)
At the bottom of the table, 5 clubs can still be relegated just 2 days from the end: Lokeren, STVV, OH Leuven, Mouscron-Péruwelz and Westerlo.
Who grabs the final ticket for Play-off 1?
Club Brugge and AA Gent have 58 points now. Anderlecht are in 3rd position, 6 points behind (52), followed by KV Oostende (46) and KRC Genk (45). These 5 teams are guaranteed a ticket for Play-off 1. The final ticket will go to Zulte Waregem (40), Standard (38) or Charleroi (38).
KV Kortrijk have 36 points, KV Mechelen 33, Waasland-Beveren 32. As to the fight against relegation, Lokeren have 30 points, Sint-Truiden 29, OH Leuven 28, Mouscron 27 and Westerlo 27.