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JPL Round 3: Standard come back down to earth

Racing Genk 0-0 Lokeren

KV Mechelen 1-2 KV Kortrijk
Cercle Brugge 0-1 KV Oostende
Waasland-Beveren 1-1 Westerlo
Lierse 2-2 Mouscron-Péruwelz

Standard Liège 0-1 KAA Gent
Anderlecht 1-0 Charleroi
Zulte Waregem 1-1 Club Brugge

Racing Genk 0-0 Lokeren

Lokeren owe a debt of gratitude to goalkeeper Davino Verhulst for ensuring they came away from the Cristal Arena with a point. Despite being between coaches, Genk looked more cohesive than their opponents who were missing last weeks hero Junior Dutra through injury and should have won due to the glut of chances that they had throughout the match. Lokeren have a strong team even sans Harbaoui and could threaten the big three; albeit not based on this week’s performance. Genk were unlucky, and with Franky Vercauteren set to return to the league after a brief sojourn in Russia, things may finally be looking up.

UPDATE: As of Monday morning, it looks like Genk will have to look elsewhere for their new boss.

Cercle Brugge 0-1 KV Oostende

KV Oostende eased to a 1-0 victory at the Jan Breydelstadion as a lacklustre Cercle failed to give their fans any sort of inspiration. Kabananga lead the line with Buyl and D’Haene flanking him but after a reasonably bright start Cercle faded and it was all Oostende from there on. The opposition attacking corps of Elimane Coulibaly, with John Jairo Ruiz and Fernando Canesin his lieutenants and Franck Berrier further behind were much more effective. After a winding run from Ruiz, which started in his own half, his shot was well stopped by Werner but Berrier was on hand to volley in the only goal of the game. A double substitution at half time from Cercle proved ineffective as Oostende continued to control the game and saw out the win relatively easily.

KV Mechelen 1-2 Kortrijk

There was a distinctly Serbian feel about the match which started with a moment’s applause for KV Mechelen striker Dalibor Veselinovic whose father sadly passed away. Mechelen started the game brighter and got their break when Kortrijk defender Mulemo handballed in the box and Kosanović scored from the spot. The hosts lost their way at 1-0 up and Pavlović equalised when his deflected shot squirming past Pačovski. Steven De Petter was sent off after tensions boiled over, pushing over Klaasen who refused to put the ball out after Mechelen midfielder Hanni went down injured in a 50/50 challenge. Things went from bad to worse for Mechelen as Marušić rifled home what would be the winner just minutes later to give Kortrijk a surprising victory over Mechelen.

Lierse 2-2 Mouscron-Péruwelz

Stanley Menzo seems to be running a tighter ship at Lierse this season than has been seen recently and they are looking a more cohesive unit. Alhassane Keita scored his third goal in three games with an opportunistic strike after some good work from Bourabia, Keita following Tony Watt and Mbaye Diagne as reliable goal getters for the club. RMP woke up in the second half and a stunning volley from Vandendriessche is surely a contender for goal of the week. Delacourt then put Mouscron in the lead as he lost his man in the box and stooped lowest to header the ball in. The lead was short-lived though as Hanin lofted a ball over the defence and Bourabia’s leaping header – while not quite à la van Persie – looped over Cros in the Mouscron goal to make it 2-2, which is how the game finished. RMP continue to acquit themselves well in the top flight.

Waasland-Beveren 1-1 Westerlo

Waasland-Beveren and Westerlo played out an entertaining 1-1 draw that may have lacked clinical finishing but was an end-to-end and at times frantic match. Both Van Langendonck and Coosemans were responsible for some fantastic saves to keep their teams in the match and it was unfortunate when birthday Bojovic was penalised for a handball in the box. Gounongbe was calm with his penalty to put Westerlo ahead and set them on course for three wins from three. They were pegged back though when Bojovic turned his fortunes around with an opportunistic strike in the box after a scramble and enjoyed an emotional celebration as he went from zero to hero for Waasland-Beveren fans.

Standard Liège 0-1 KAA Gent

Sunday’s action began with the unfortunate news that Tony Watt was out with a tight hamstring, which was a further blow after the Jeff Louis transfer hit a snag. No Carcela or Bia meant Ciman, Marquet and Lumanza all started, which left the Standard midfield looking terribly unbalanced. Gent were able to pour forward time and time again and take advantage of the spaces left by the hosts’ non-existent organisation. The winning goal came in the 16th minute after Eiji Kawashima was unable to keep out a powerful Laurent Depoître effort from close range. Depoître has been the man in form, keeping David Pollet on the bench. Gent were infuriatingly unable to kill the game off but they held on for a second successive win. The pressure will now come on Standard owner Roland Duchâtelet to strengthen ahead of the Champions League tie with Zenit.

Anderlecht 1-0 Charleroi

The champions continued their perfect start to the season in terms of results despite perhaps their most lacklustre performance yet. It was left to Aleksandar Mitrovic to settle the game with a back post header on the stroke of half-time. Anderlecht’s play matched their horrendous “wonderbloom” pink kit, which unsurprisingly has been selling poorly. Charleroi had a brief flurry towards the end as they chased a point but les Zèbres have now lost all three games and are rooted to the bottom. Despite his side boasting the only 100% record in the league, Paarswit coach Besnik Hasi wasn’t exactly over the moon:

Zulte Waregem 1-1 Club Brugge

Michel Preud’homme and Francky Dury both rotated their teams after European excursions in midweek. There was controversy in the opening stages when Maxime Lestienne’s header was wrongly ruled out for offside. Zulte Waregem couldn’t make the most of the marauding runs of the returning Yarouba Cissako down the right. The deadlock was broken just after the interval when Chilean striker Nicolas Castillo deftly diverted Mechele’s initial header beyond Sammy Bossut. Club have scored all their four league goals from dead-ball situations. Essevee hit back when Trajkovki’s dangerous cross wasn’t dealt with and Glynor Plet made no mistake from close range. Former Essevee captain Davy de fauw came on as a sub for Blauw-Zwart for the final fifteen minutes and it was unfortunate that some chose to boo given his emormous contribution to their recent success.




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