RSC Anderlecht have retained the Belgian league title after a 6-0 win against FC Molenbeek Brussels Strombeek, coupled with KRC Genk's 2-0 loss at home to R. Charleroi SC, left the champions five points clear with one game remaining.
Hassan Ahmed and Nicolás Frutos soon set Anderlecht on their way at home to Brussels. Lucas Biglia's penalty just before the hour put the game beyond the visitors who then compounded their misery when Steve Colpaert put through his own net. And with news of Genk's demise filtering through, Mohamed Tchite added a late double as the celebrations began.
The mood in their title rivals' camp could hardly have been more contrasting as they contrived to concede twice to Charleroi, despite the visitors being reduced to ten men when Brice Jovial was sent off before the half-hour mark. Joseph Akpala grabbed the opening goal on the stroke of half-time and Genk were left shell-shocked when Orlando added a second with 13 minutes remaining.
Anderlecht, who have scored 19 goals in their last three league games, will go into the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League next season while Genk enter in the previous round. Elsewhere, R. Standard de Liége ensured they will take part in at least the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup next season after a 1-0 win against their Belgian Cup final opponents, Club Brugge KV. Fourth-placed KAA Gent's 2-1 home defeat to KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen left them five points behind Standard, ending their hopes of a top-three finish.
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