Belgium round-up: Genk power past leaders

KRC Genk blew the title race wide open on Sunday night with a 3-2 victory over Club Brugge KV.

KRC Genk blew the title race wide open on Sunday night after clinching a 3-2 victory over league leaders Club Brugge KV in a thrilling match at the Thyl Gheyselinckstadion.

Superb winner
Genk, who still have a game in hand on Brugge, moved to within two points of their title rivals after teenager Koen Daerden sealed the win with a superb second-half goal. Trond Sollied's Brugge took the lead through Rune Lange, the Norwegian international striker tapping in Gaëtan Englebert's cross.

Sparked into life
That sparked Genk to life, however, and three minutes later Beli Moumouni Dagano found Daerden and the 19-year-old fired his side level. Gert Verheyen struck Brugge ahead again a minute before half-time but Belgium hitman Wesley Sonck equalised straight from the restart, heading in Mirsad Beslija's corner. Daerden capped a fine performance and an excellent win with his second of the night in the 54th minute.

Emphatic victory
KVC Westerlo eased their relegation worries and pushed RWD Molenbeek further into trouble with an emphatic 4-0 victory over their fellow strugglers. Midfield player Sammy van den Bossche struck twice and further goals from Marc Schaessens and Francis Severeyns sealed three vital points for Westerlo in their battle to move away from the drop zone.

Stubborn fight
The visitors put up a stubborn fight in the opening 45 minutes but Schaessens made the breakthrough just two minutes after the break, sliding home the ball for the opener. Van den Bossche netted his first of the day eight minutes later, finishing off a solo run with a deflected shot which doubled the Westerlo advantage.

Numerical advantage
Any hopes of a Molenbeek comeback were virtually ended  when Brazilian midfield player José Riberro Thiago received his marching orders, leaving his side to play with ten men for the last half hour. The numerical advantage told 15 minutes later when Severeyns made it 3-0 with a delicate lob. Van den Bossche completed a miserable night for the visitors with Westerlo's fourth - and his second - goal seven minutes from time.