Belgian First Division wrap: Standard, Brugge stay in touch
By Football News
Standard Liege and Club Brugge both notched victories in the Belgian First Division on Saturday.
With positions two to six on the table separated by just three points, it was important that both won to stay in touch with runaway leaders Anderlecht.
Standard made it four wins on the trot with a 2-0 win at Mechelen.
Nigerian Imoh Ezekiel netted the opener on 39 minutes and the triumph was sealed thanks to Michy Batshuayi's 76th-minute effort.
Even a missed penalty from Yoni Buyens in the dying stages could not dampen the enthusiasm of the travelling supporters as Mircea Rednic's side continued their good form.
Club Brugge were made to work a little harder for their 2-0 victory, which came at home to Mons.
Colombian Carlos Bacca's goal after 32 minutes was all that separated the two sides until Maxime Lestienne struck in second-half injury time.
Other results saw Gent come from behind to claim a point in an exciting 2-2 draw at Lokeren.
Ilombe Mboyo netted twice in the last 30 minutes for Gent, who are struggling this season and sit 11th on the table.
Lukas van Eeno's 89th minute equaliser gave nine-man Cercle Brugge side a 1-1 draw at Lierse while Waasland-Beveren beat Kortrijk 1-0 and Sporting Charleroi edged Beerschot by the same scoreline.