By Berend Scholten
Club Brugge KV are one win away from regaining the Belgian First Division title after they defeated R. Excelsior Mouscron, while defending champions RSC Anderlecht drew 2-2 at KVC Westerlo.
Hannu Tihinen gave Anderlecht a 16th-minute lead, but five minutes later the home side had turned the game in their favour after Peter Utaka equalised and Alex Brosque put them in front on 21 minutes. Westerlo held that advantage until seven minutes from time when a strike from Mbo Mpenza rescued a point for the visitors.
As a result, Hugo Broos' side have now slipped even further off the pace at the top after Brugge won at Mouscron. Substitute Boško Balaban scored the decisive goal with eleven minutes remaining to put Trond Sollied's outfit eight points clear of Anderlecht, meaning victory next week at RAEC Mons will guarantee them the title.
Anderlecht are still in danger of missing out on UEFA Champions League football next season, with R. Standard de Liège now trailing second place by six points after defeating K. Sint Truidense VV 4-1. Three goals in 13 first-half minutes from Cedric Roussel, Sambegou Bangoura and Wamberto gave Standard a three-goal advantage at the break, before Roussel scored his second on the hour. Mathieu Béda replied late on for Sint-Truiden.
Standard currently hold third place and a UEFA Cup berth outright, after KRC Genk drew with relegation-threatened KV Oostende. Mirsad Beslija and Kevin Vandebergh had twice put Genk ahead, only for both leads to be cancelled out by Zephirin Zoko and a last-minute Bjorn De Wilde strike for Oostende, who had Brian Vandenbergh dismissed on 75 minutes.
René Vandereycken’s team slipped to fifth after R. Charleroi SC leapfrogged them by winning 4-0 at KSV Cercle Brugge, courtesy of Izzet Akgül's strike, an own goal from Djordje Svetlicic and a Sébastien Chabaud double.
At the bottom, FC Molenbeek Brussels Strombeek moved up to 16th and out of the drop zone after Igor De Camargo’s 85th-minute winner defeated K. Lierse SK 3-2. Brussels’ win and Oostende’s draw means Mons move to the basement after losing 2-0 at KFC Germinal Beerschot.
Elsewhere, a goal from Dario Smoje’s goal ensured victory for KAA Gent at KSC Lokeren OV, while RAA Louviéroise won 3-0 against KSK Beveren thanks to a hat-trick from Wagneau Eloi.
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