By Berend Scholten
Club Brugge KV missed out on the chance to be crowned Belgian champions this weekend after a goalless draw with RAEC Mons.
Victory for Trond Sollied’s side would have given them an unassailable eight-point lead at the top of the Belgian First Division and reclaimed the league title they lost to RSC Anderlecht last season. However, Brugge’s stalemate means Anderlecht have now cut the deficit to six points with two games remaining after defeating KFC Germinal Beerschot at the Constant Vanden Stock.
Top two clash
Nenad Jestrovic headed the home side ahead after 24 minutes before doubling his and Anderlecht’s goal tally with a 53rd-minute penalty. Christian Wilhelmsson added a third just after the hour to give his side the ideal preparation for next weekend’s showdown with Brugge, who now require a point to take the title.
R. Standard de Liège remain in third after winning at KSK Beveren despite having ten men for 80 minutes. Ivica Dragutinovic was the player dismissed for the visitors, but Sergio Conceiçao and Milan Rapaic gave them a 2-0 lead within half an hour. Moussa Sanogo pulled one back for Beveren on the stroke of half-time but Rapaic’s second gave Standard back their two-goal cushion before Alain Arunina scored a late consolation.
Two points further back, KRC Genk continue to put pressure on Standard for a UEFA Cup berth by sweeping aside K. Lierse SK 5-1. Nenad Stojanovic gave Genk a two-goal lead before the break, then a Kevin Dijck own goal and strikes from Kevin Vandenbergh and Koen Daerden added three more in the second half. Michael Nnaji replied for Lierse.
R. Charleroi SC’s hopes of gaining European football next season dwindled with a 2-1 home defeat against FC Molenbeek Brussels, leaving them four points away from third spot. A Toni Brogno penalty had put the hosts ahead, but goals from Richard Culek and Werry Sels gave the relegation-threatened side victory, moving them four points clear of danger.
KV Oostende sit bottom with Mons after losing 2-0 against KSC Lokeren OV while R. Excelsior Mouscron lost out to Frederik Boi’s solitary goal for KSV Cercle Brugge.
Elsewhere, Davy De Beule’s winning goal for KAA Gent saw off RAA Louviéroise 2-1, while K.Sint Truidense VV guaranteed their top-flight status thanks to Benjamin De Ceulaer’s solitary strike against KVC Westerlo.
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