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Belgian First Division wrap: Lokeren edge out Brugge

By Football News

Lokeren have stunned Club Brugge 3-2, denying them the lead in the Belgian First Division, as four clubs ended the round on top with 22 points.

Hamdi Harbaoui was the main man for Lokeren, scoring one goal and creating another, as the visitors from just west of Brugge took the three points.

Sunday's result, alongside Genk's 1-1 draw away to Kortrijk, ensured Zulte Waregem finished the 12th round on top of the Belgian First Division's standings with 22 points tied with Brugge, Anderlecht and Genk.

Zulte Waregem are top because they have seven victories from 12 games; more than the three other clubs on 22 points.

In Brugge, Harbaoui scored the opening goal for Lokeren in the 15th minute but the home side struck back nine minutes later when Mohammed Tchite hit the back of the net.

But Lokeren replied almost instantly with a goal from Niil de Pauw in the 26th minute and held the 2-1 lead until half-time.

Harbaoui set-up Ayanda Patosi for Lokeren's third goal, just six minutes after the break, and although Tchite scored again in the 70th minute, the visitors held on for victory.

In Kortrijk, Genk took the lead in the 51st minute when Thomas Buffel passed to Jelle Vossen, who scored.

But the home team denied Genk a victory and top spot in Belgium when Pablo Chavarria hit the back of the net in the final minute.