Club Brugge make mincemeat of KV Mechelen, Limburg derby ends in confusion

Five of this weekend’s First Division games were played on Saturday evening. In the 6pm kick-off Club Brugge enjoyed a comfortable 5-0 win away at KV Mechelen. Later in the evening AA Gent beat KV Kortrijk 2-0, while KAS Eupen enjoyed an important away win, beating Cercle Brugge 1-2. The match between Excel Mouscron and Zulte Waregem ended in a 2-2. The 8:30 kick-off between Sint-Truiden and KRC Genk was abandoned 4 minutes from time as Genk fans tried to smash their way out of their enclosure. 

The question is whether the 3-3 score line will stand or whether the FA will decided to punish KRC Genk and award a 5-0 victory to Sint-Truiden. 

Club Brugge on song

Club Brugge outclassed and outplayed a KV Mechelen side that went down to 10 men after Rob Schoofs (photo above) was sent on 29 minutes. By then Club Brugge were already one-up thanks to a Diatta goal on 19 minutes. Club Brugge’s other 4 goals fell in the second half. Diagne scoring on 63 and 70 minutes. Goals from Schrijvers on 76 minutes and Vanaken on 82 minutes made for at final score of 0-5 to Club Brugge. The result sees Club Brugge move up to first place with 20 points from 8 games. However, Standard could leapfrog over them if they beat Sporting Charleroi on Sunday evening.

AA Gent maintain impeccable home record

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In another strong performance from the team that arguably plays the most attractive football in the Belgian top flight, AA took all 3 points from their home game against KV Kortrijk. Both AA Gent’s goals came in the second half. Nagadeu scored on 58 minutes and Jonathan David made it 2-0 on 86 minutes. After 8 games AA Gent are 3rd with 17 points, KV Kortrijk are 12th with 8 points. 

An important win for KAS Eupen

In the lower reaches of the table KAS Eupen enjoyed an important 1-2 win away at Cercle Brugge. Cercle opened the scoring on 12 minutes through a Stef Peeters penalty. KAS Eupen’s two goals came from Milicevic on 76 and 88 minutes. KAS Eupen now have 6 points from 9 games and are 13th. Cercle Brugge are next to bottom with just 3 points. 

Excel Mouscron throw away two-goal advantage

In the evening’s only draw Excel Mouscron took the lead with the first of two Aleix Garcia goals on 3 minutes. Garcia’s second goal fell on 50 minutes. Zulte Waregem came back though and goals from Bruno on 66 minutes and Oberlin on 90 minutes made for a final score of 2-2. Excel Mouscron have 16 points from 9 games. Zulte Waregem 13 points. 

Match abandoned after fans cause play to be stopped for a second time.

(c) Peter De Voecht / PhotoNews

There was no shortage of action both on and around the field in Saturday evening’s Limburg derby. The visitors KRC Gent went three-up thanks to a Bongonda goal on 14 minutes and penalty goals from Hagi on 48 and 60 minutes. After Hagi’s second goal the match was stopped and the players called from the field as Sint-Truiden fans pelted the Genk goalie with lighter and plastic bottle. Once play resumed Sint-Truiden mounted the great escape Boli pulled one back on 62 minutes, Garcia made it 2-3 on 80 minutes and Boli scored again on 86 minutes to make it 3-3. Then all hell broke loose in the plexiglass cage in which the Genk fans had been made to stand to prevent them from throwing fireworks onto Sint-Truiden artificial grass pitch (as they did last season). As the fans were smashing their way out and could have staged a pitch invasion the match referee Lawrence Visser decided to abandon play. With the 3-3 result will stand will now be a question for the FA.