Leandro Trossard scored two for KRC Genk, bringing his tally to 15 goals.

Limburgers rule: KRC Genk strengthen leading position, despite a late scare

KRC Genk beat KAS Eupen 2-1 on Saturday evening to create a 3-point gap with second-placed Club Brugge, the defending champions. The country's oldest club, Royal Antwerp FC, is one of the season's revelations with fourth place, just behind Genk, Club Brugge and Anderlecht.  

Local boy Leandro Trossard was the hero for KRC Genk with two goals, the first on 19 minutes and the second on 65 minutes. Genk dominated play against modest Eupen, and it looked as if it would be a stroll in the park for the Limburgers, until Keita suddenly pulled one back for Eupen 10 minutes from time.

The goal gave Eupen a push in the back and the Genk defence suddenly panicked when Eupen launched a couple of swift attacks. However, Genk escaped and took it 2-1, to extend the lead with second-placed Club Brugge to 3 points. 

Trossard, just back after a shoulder injury, brought his tally to 15 goals in 17 matches. KRC Genk scored as many as 33 goals in 11 matches in the domestic league. 

Antwerp keep the momentum

Meanwhile, Royal Antwerp FC beat Sporting Lokeren 2-1. It was veteran striker Lior Refaelov who scored the winning goal 8 minutes from time with a thundering volley (picture below). Antwerp are in fourth place behind Anderlecht, who dismissed Cercle Brugge 4-2, a confidence-boosting result for the young team of coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck which was in the doldrums a couple of weeks ago. Striker Landry Dimata (bottom photo) scored a hattrick for Anderlecht. 

Standard had a disappointing game at low-placed Mouscron (0-0). At the bottom of the table, Mouscron, Lokeren and Zulte Waregem all have 5 points from 11 games, but Zulte are still playing later today.