Anderlecht drop out of the top 6

In Sunday’s 3 Belgian First Division games there were wins for Standard de Liège and Sint-Truiden. The “Battle of Flanders” game between AA Gent and Club Brugge ended in a 1-1 draw. Standard’s 2-1 home win against RSC Anderlecht means that with just 6 matches left Anderlecht drop out of the top 6. 

Any match between Club Brugge and AA Gent is always a hard-fought affair and Sunday’s game was no exception. Both teams finished with 10 men after Club Brugge’s Denis was sent off on 74 minutes and AA Gent’s Esiti was given his marching orders for his second bookable offence of the game on 62 minutes. Jonathan David opened the scoring for AA Gent on 18 minutes.

Club Brugge’s goal came from Loïs Openda on 71 minutes. The result leaves Club Brugge second with 45 points from 24 games. AA Gent are sixth with 34 points. 

Standard victorious despite a disallowed goal

Another highly charged game was that between Standard de Liège and RSC Anderlecht. The first half saw Standard take the lead on 22 minutes Marin. However, the lead was short-lived as Sven Kums scored from a free-kick just 4 minutes later. Anderlecht were strong in the first half and were good value for the 1-1 half time score-line. Standard came out of the dressing room with an even greater determination to claim victory against their bitter rivals.

They pushed forwarded and created chances. Medhi Carcela (photo below) scored what looked to be the goal of the season on the hour. However, referee Lawrence Visser disallowed it, for a foul he said preceded the goal. Unperturbed Standard pushed forward. This was rewarded when Mpoku scored what turned out to be the winning goal on 89 minutes. The match ended 2-1 to Standard. After 24 games Standard de Liège fourth with 43 points. Sporting Anderlecht are seventh with 37 points.

A convincing win for Sint-Truiden

Sint-Truiden moved back up into the top 6 thanks to a 4-1 home win against KAS Eupen. Toyokawa opened the scoring for Eupen on 9 minutes. Kamanda equalised for Sint-Truiden 10 minutes later. Goals from Yohan Boli (photo below) on 36 and 80 minutes and from De Sart in the first minute of stoppage time made for a full time score of 4-1 in Sint-Truiden’s favour.

The result leaves Sint-Truiden fifth with 39 points from 24 games. KAS Eupen are tenth with 28 points.