A good evening for Club Brugge despite red card

In football, Club Brugge have created a gap with second-placed AA Gent after downing West Flemish neighbours KV Oostende. FC Bruges were reduced to 10 men in the first half, but won anyway after an own-goal by Ostend.

Defender Bruno Godeau of KV Oostende scored against his own team after just 14 minutes. A disappointing KV Oostende never came close to equalising, and Bruges had the match under control. The nearest KV Oostende came, was when a ball hit the inside of the post in the first half.

Club Brugge were reduced to 10 men when defender Benoît Poulain was sent off for foul play against Fernando Canesin, also in the first half. Poulain lifted his leg too high and touched Canesin on the head. Club Brugge coach Michel Preud'homme was just a little too enthusiastic in showing his disapproval to the referee (picture below) and was sent to the stands. 

Club Brugge stood strong and kept it at 0-1, an important win on the first day of Play-off 1 that allows them to move 4 points clear of second-placed AA Gent, the defending champions. Next week, Club Brugge receive AA Gent in Bruges in what could already be a crucial match.

Later today, Anderlecht are hosting RC Genk in the third and last match of the opening day of play.