RSC Anderlecht's title challenge took a knock as they were held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man R. Charleroi SC on Saturday.
De Bilde goal
Charleroi SC prospects were dimmed after 35 minutes when Abdoul Sylla was dismissed for a second yellow card, and when Anderlecht's Gilles de Bilde lifted the ball over goalkeeper István Dudas following a goalmouth scramble three minutes into the second half, a comeback from the home side looked unlikely.
Determined hosts strike back
However, Charleroi took only three minutes to respond as Sergio Rojas's flicked header after 51 minutes saw them level the scores at the Communal stadium, and they hung on to earn a point.
Genk challenge Brugge
KRC Genk moved level on points at the top of the table with Club Brugge KV after a 5-1 win at KFC Lommelse SK. With Brugge not in action until tomorrow when they take on KSC Eendracht Aalst, Genk took their chance to put the pressure on in emphatic style.
Sonck on target
Inevitably Wesley Sonck was in on the action, grabbing his 26th goal of the season in the 29th minute with a simple finish.
It remained 1-0 at the break but with only two minutes of the second half gone, Sonck had nipped in for his second goal of the game from Bernd Thijs' cross and Moumouni Dagano's knock down.
Dagano gets his just desserts
Dagano caused havoc in the Lommel defence just past the hour mark, outpacing the home defence before crashing the ball against the legs of Michel Noben who diverted the ball into his own net. Dagano grabbed the goal his performance deserved with 20 minutes remaining, again outstripping the static defence before applying the finish. Mirek Waligora netted a consolation eight minutes later from the penalty spot but Dagano had the last laugh, completing the scoring late on.
R. Standard de Liège were stunned by lowly RAA Louviéroise, falling to a 2-1 home defeat. Frederic Tilmant (10) and Yves Buelinckx (47) put the struggling visitors in control before Ali Lukunku pulled a goal back on the hour mark. Standard striker Jurgen Cavens was sent off to complete the misery for his side.
Ten-man Lierse truimph
KAA Gent slumped to a 3-2 defeat at home to 10-man K. Lierse SK despite leading at the break. Hasan Kakic was sent-off for a foul and Nenad Vanic put the hosts ahead five minutes before the half-time, but Lierse levelled from another penalty four minutes into the second half thanks to Simon Seslar, only for Gent to move back in front through Alexandros Kaklamanos.
Huysegems on target
The visitors refused to be daunted and came again, Jonas De Roeck restoring parity with a good header before they nicked an unlikely win 10 minutes from time, Stein Huysegems rifling the ball home.
Goals from Marcin Zewlakow (37), Mbo Mpenza (75), Gordan Vidovic (83) and Christophe Gregoire (86) gave R. Excelsior Mouscron an easy 4-0 victory over Sporting Lokeren St-Niklaas Waasland while KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen and KVC Westerlo shared the points after battling out a 1-1 draw. Sammy Vandenbossche gave the visitors an early lead, firing home after just three minutes but Beerschot finally found their way through in the 73rd minute with Paul Kpaka levelling.