It was billed as Super Sunday but it didn’t exactly work out that way. While Anderlecht went to Sclessin and came away with three points without exactly touching their best form, Christoph Daum’s Club Brugge were gifted the points at Gent. Apart from that, Kevin De Bruyne showed that he’s not exactly a happy bunny to be still at Genk.
Anderlecht (1st) struggled for an hour against a Standard Liege side (4th) lucky to have a penalty awarded and scored by Meme Tchite – replacing young Michy Batshuayi. Instead of trying to improve on their well-deserved lead, the home side sat back and lost the game to a couple of goals caused by defensive errors. Milan Jovanovic had a hand in both but he’s had better games. The talk now is of Anderlecht’s experience telling but in reality they were only still in the game thanks to Silvio Proto. Standard can feel a tad unfortunate, especially as they were missing two or three key players.
For Gent (2nd) Trond Sollied’s selection was incredible as he left all four of his wingers – the side’s strength – on the bench. They then went 3-0 down to Club Brugge (3rd), at which point Sollied sent on three of them! Lior Rafaelov was the top man for Club Brugge.
Elsewhere, De Bruyne decided to slag off his team-mates at half-time, saying we can’t go on like this; we need to get rid of those who don’t want to play for Genk. That probably includes him to be honest. Genk lost at home to Lokeren.
Westerlo lost at home to Leuven and the home fans are turning against Jan Ceulemans. It certainly looks like the ‘Playoffs 3’ will be decided between Sint Truiden and Westerlo. I’ll say a few more words on the playoffs – and there will be a test – later.
The other achievement of note was Mons coming back from 2-0 to 2-2 at Kortrijk, after having lost Benjamin Nicaise (two yellows, the referees do not like the boy). Final point, Bob Peeters’ Cercle Brugge are in the top six at the expense of Genk and it will be great to see him in the ‘Playoffs 1’ – he loves his job!
Racing Genk 0 Lokeren 1;
Cercle Brugge 1 KV Mechelen 0;
Westerlo 1 Leuven 3;
Lierse 2 Zulte Waregem 1;
Kortrijk 2 Mons 2;
Beerschot 3 St. Truiden 2;
Standard Liege 1 Anderlecht 2;
Gent 1 Club Brugge 3.