Hans Vanaken made it 2-1.

Club Brugge whip Anderlecht in football classic

In football, defending champions Club Brugge have beaten title challengers Anderlecht 2-1 in Bruges in the first classic of the season. 

Club Brugge climbed ahead after just 3 minutes when winger Dennis headed home the 1-0 before his home crowd. Anderlecht had a quick reaction: Knowledge Musona equalised on 19 minutes after a swift attack which left the Bruges defence in tatters. 

Midfielder Hans Vanaken put Bruges ahead again before the break, after a fine combination with Golden Shoe Ruud Vormer. Vanaken could become the next Golden Shoe, football pundits think, after a an excellent second part of last season where he led Bruges to the league title.

In a dramatic end to the match, Anderlecht were given a penalty kick, but the VAR (the Video Assistant Referee following the game in a van with TV footage from different angles to help the referee) reversed this decision, which helped Bruges to hold on to a 2-1 win. Club Brugge regain their leading position with 13 points from 5 matches. 

Another clean sheet for Antwerp

In other action, Antwerp FC (photo) beat Cercle Brugge 1-0 in a match between the two revelations of this season so far. Another clean sheet for Antwerp, who keep their place in the top-6. 

Sporting Charleroi lost to KV Kortrijk, another disappointing result for the ambitious Zebras who played play-off 1 the past seasons. 

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