Genk grab important win against Gent
Champions Genk boosted their European bid with a 2-0 home win against ten-man AA Gent.
Genk are fifth in that table, with today's win moving them a point behind Standard Liege in the UEFA Europa League qualification place. Gent, who had Bernd Thijs sent off on 83 minutes, remained third and three points adrift of the UEFA Champions League places.
Cercle Brugge made it two wins from two in UEFA Europa League play-off group A with a stunning 6-4 home triumph against Leuven which featured nine different goalscorers.
Angola midfielder Rudy and young forward Igor Vetokele put the hosts in front but Leuven's Rurik Gislason immediately pulled one back. William Carvalho restored Cercle's two-goal lead but it was 3-3 at half-time after Jordan Remacle and Thomas Azevedo struck back.
Anthony Portier and Oleg Iachtchouk put the home side 5-3 up and, after substitute Oleksandr Yakovenko made it 5-4, Rudy finished what he had started with a 78th-minute strike.
In group B, Mons beat Zulte Waregem 2-0 with two goals in the final eight minutes. Zulte had M'Baye Leye sent off before half-time but it took until the 83rd minute for Benjamin Nicaise to break the deadlock. Jeremy Perbet added a last-minute clincher to earn the visitors their second consecutive 2-0 success.
In the relegation play-off, Sint-Truidense beat Westerlo 3-1 to bounce back from their opening 3-2 defeat in the five-game series. Sasha Kotysch opened the scoring and Gregory Dufer scored twice while Bart Goor netted a late penalty for Westerlo, who lead the series by virtue of their three-point headstart after finishing second-bottom in the regular season.
But the match finished on a sour note for Sint-Truidense as Koen Daerden and Vincent Euvrard both collected needless second bookings in the last three minutes, the latter for time-wasting at a free-kick.