Gent reduce gap, Kortrijk misery continues
Gent moved within two points of second-placed Club Brugge in the Jupiler Pro League table thanks to a 2-0 home win over Mons.
Second-half goals from Remi Mareval and Jesper Jorgensen earned Gent their 15th win of the season, although they could find themselves five points behind Brugge again if they win at Genk tomorrow.
Cercle Brugge moved above Standard Liege into fourth as Anthony Portier's 19th-minute goal earned them their fourth straight victory at home over Zulte-Waregem.
Seventh-placed Kortrijk saw their winless run extended to five matches with a 5-2 defeat at home by Lokeren. Ayanda Patosi put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute, but Steven Monrose equalised eight minutes later. Hamdi Harbaoui restored Lokeren's lead, but their hopes of a win appeared to have been dented by Giorgos Galitsios' 43rd-minute dismissal.
Alassane Tambe's 65th-minute own goal took them further clear, Dalibor Veselinovic cut the deficit to 3-2 before Harbaoui's second and Ibrahima Gueye's 90th-minute effort made sure of the victory for Lokeren, who are two places behind Kortrijk with five wins from their last seven.
Mechelen beat Westerlo
Mechelen are above Lokeren on goal difference after winning 3-1 at Westerlo, for whom it was a fifth straight league defeat.
Boubacar Dialiba put Mechelen in front on 20 minutes and Alessandro Cordaro doubled their tally 12 minutes later. Westerlo pulled one back through veteran midfielder Bart Goor on the stroke of half-time, but goalkeeper Glenn Verbauwhede's 88th-minute dismissal was compounded by Julien Gorius scoring a 90th-minute penalty.
Beerschot were 2-1 winners at home to OH Leuven. Sherjill MacDonald put them in front and Roy Dayan's 54th-minute goal proved decisive as Radek Dejmek's goal with seven minutes was not enough.