Belgium round-up: Brugge leave it late

Club Brugge KV snatched a dramatic 1-0 victory against RSC Anderlecht on Sunday evening.

Club Brugge KV moved five points clear at the top of the Jupiler League after snatching a dramatic 1-0 victory against reigning champions RSC Anderlecht on Sunday evening.

Late penalty
The game was characterised by caution on both sides, with few clear-cut chances created and the deadlock was finally broken with just five minutes remaining. Brugge were awarded a penalty after Anderlecht defender Lamine Traoré was adjudged to have brought down striker Sandy Martens in the area and Timmy Simons stepped up and despatched the penalty to hand victory to the home side. Third-placed Anderlecht are now seven points adrift of the leaders, and two short of second-placed KRC Genk.

Standard held
Elsewhere, R. Standard de Liège were held to a 2-2 draw by KVC Westerlo at the Sclessin stadium. Ode Thompson put the visitors ahead after 14 minutes but Robert Spehar was on hand to equalise for Standard eleven minutes into the second half. Jef Delen looked to have wrapped up the points for Westerlo when he struck with nine minutes remaining but Jurgen Cavens had the last word as he scored after 85 minutes to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Antwerp late show
With KAA Gent keen to boost their European qualification hopes, they saw a two-goal lead vanish in their home match against R. Antwerp FC. Having led 3-1 through goals from Djima Oyawolé, Gunther Schepens and an own goal from Alan Tate,  Ghent then allowed their visitors back into the match and a double from defender Harald Pinxten was enough to ensure that Antwerp left the Jules Ottenstadion with a point. In Sunday's other match, KSC Eendracht Aalst were held to a goalless draw by RAA Louviéroise at the Pierre Cornelis stadium.