R. Standard de Liège ran out 4-1 winners over KSK Beveren to keep in touch with the league leaders.
Ali Lukunku scored a hat-trick as R. Standard de Liège ran out 4-1 winners over KSK Beveren to keep in touch with the Jupiler League leaders.
The French striker scored the deflected opener after half an hour and put them ahead again seven minutes later following Stefan Wostijn's 35th-minute equaliser. Wostijn was sent off 21 minutes after half-time, and Gonzague Vandooren scored Standard's third eleven minutes later. Lukunku completed his treble with an 84th-minute penalty. Standard remain in fourth, but fifth-placed Sporting Lokeren St-Niklaas Waasland lost ground after a 1-0 defeat to RWD Molenbeek, Kris Temmerman netting the decisive goal after 58 minutes.
R. Excelsior Mouscron drew 2-2 with KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen. Germinal's Paul Kpaka scored twice, including a spot-kick equaliser with just eight minutes remaining. Kpaka scored the first four minutes into the second half, before Poland striker Marcin Zewlakow's equaliser on the hour. Belgian international Mbo Mpenza put Mouscron in front ten minutes later, but Kpaka was on hand to equalise. The sides stayed seventh and eighth respectively.
First-half strikes by Kris Buvens and Robbie Dello gave K. Sint Truidense VV a 2-0 win over KVC Westerlo and a place in the top half of the table. Buvens lobbed Westerlo keeper Bart Deelkens for the first after 29 minutes, and Dello headed home Danny Boffin's free-kick in injury time. But ninth-placed KFC Lommelse SK and R. Charleroi SC, in tenth, enjoyed big wins.
Lommel in charge
Lommel out-gunned RAA Louviéroise 3-0, with goals from Mirek Waligora, Dieter Dekelver and Zsolt Bárányos. Dekelver's cross-shot set up Waligora for a simple tap in for the first after 25 minutes. Two minutes later, Dekelver himself headed the second and Bárányos shot in the third 20 minutes from time.
Charleroi were the biggest winners of the day, 5-0 over relegation rivals R. Antwerp FC. Abelino Eduardo was first on the scoresheet after five minutes, followed by Sergio Rojas 17 minutes later. Gregory Dufer scored the third 20 minutes into the second half and Daniël Camus and Sébastien Rassart got the fourth and fifth after 80 and 88 minutes respectively.