Striker Aly Samatta of Tanzania is hot. He scores in almost every match nowadays. It was not any different yesterday evening, when he played with KRC Genk in Antwerp. The Great Old, as Belgium's oldest football club is called, climbed 2-0 ahead in the Bosuil Stadium in Antwerp. Local Antwerp fans were cheering, but didn't know yet what was coming.
Antwerp have one of the best defences in the top flight, so orange lights were flickering, but KRC Genk remained calm, converted two penalties to pull level (twice through midfielder Ruslan Malinovksi) and then made the difference via Samatta, who added two to take the victory back to Limburg: 2-4. "This is real confidence booster for us, being 2-0 behind at Antwerp and then winning like this", young Genk coach Philippe Clement, a rising star in the world of football coaches, said in his typical, modest way.
Genk keep the lead with 33 points from 13 games and haven't lost a game so far in the domestic league. Club Brugge have 30 points, Antwerp 25 and Anderlecht 24.
Genk coach Philippe Clement is a rising star
In other action, Club Brugge got back in the winning mood after a whole month without a single victory - in Europe and the domestic league. Bruges thrashed KV Oostende, who have one of the worst defences in the top flight, 4-0. The goalkeeper's problem was not a problem with Club Brugge, as he almost had nothing to do.
Anderlecht had a very disappointing afternoon against modest Sporting Lokeren: 1-1 before their home crowd. Before this day of play, Lokeren were bottom of the table with Mouscron and Zulte Waregem, and had their coach fired a couple of days ago, due to bad results.
AA Gent also had a disappointing game, losing 3-1 at Mouscron. Gent lacked fighting spirit and their defence made a poor impression. After two wins, it was the first defeat under new coach Jess Thorup of Denmark, who left Danish champions Midtjylland (photo below).