League-leaders lose for the first time this season

There were wins for Cercle Brugge, KV Kortrijk, Standard de Liège and Excel Mouscron in Saturday evening’s four Belgian First Division games. Cercle Brugge’s 1-2 win away at the league-leaders KRC Genk was also Genk’s first league defeat of the season. 

Cercle Brugge’s goal both came in the first half. KRC Genk’s Joseph Aidoo put the ball past his own keeper on 26 minutes with Serge Gapké putting the visitors two up on 35 minutes.

Cercle’s Lusamba was given his marching orders for his second bookable offence of the game on 81 minutes. KRC Genk’s goal came in the 6th minute of stoppage time through Leandro Trossard. The result sees KRC Genk remain top with 35 points from 16 games. Cercle Brugge move up to 6th place and have 22 points.

A comfortable win for Standard against a poor KAS Eupen

Standard de Liège enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 home win against KAS Eupen. Standard open the scoring on 19 minutes through a Kosanovic free-kick. An Mpoku penalty saw Standard go 2-0 on 39 minutes.

Mpoku’s second and Standard’s third goal of the evening came on 79 minutes. Job done against an under par Eupen. The result sees Standard move up to 5th place with 26 points from 16 games. KAS Eupen are 12th with 16 points. 

Victory for KV Kortrijk in West Flemish derby

In their first game since the return of Yves Vanderhaeghe as coach, KV Kortrijk enjoy a 1-2 win away at KV Oostende. Zivkovic opened the scoring for KV Oostende from the penalty spot on 18 minutes.

Felippe Avenatti equalised for Kortrijk on 27 minutes. Mboyo scored the winning goal for KV Kortrijk on 56 minutes. The result sees KV Kortrijk move up to 10 place with 19 points from 16 games. KV Oostende are 11th with 18 points.   

An important three points for Excel Mouscron

Excel Mouscron have pulled away from the drop spot thanks to a 1-2 win away at Waasland-Beveren. Pierrot opened the scoring for Excel Mouscron on 39 minutes. Benson put the visitor two up on 72 minutes. Vellios’ goal for Waasland-Beveren on 86 proved too little, too late and the score remained 1-2 in Excel Mouscron’s favour.

The result sees Excel Mouscron move up to 14th place with 13 points from 16 games. Waasland-Beveren are 15th with 11 points.