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Belgian First Division wrap: Zulte hot on Anderlecht heels

Created on 17 Dec., 2012 4:23 PM GMT

Zulte-Waregem have defeated Genk 3-2 to keep pace with Belgian First Division leaders Anderlecht, who won their eighth game in a row.

Dieumerci Mbokani scored a brace for Anderlecht as they overcame OH Leuven 2-1 on Sunday, while in Waregem, the home side blitzed fifth-placed Genk with three goals in half an hour.

Genk took the lead at Waregem's Regenboogstadion with a 37th-minute own goal from Zulte defender Bruno Godeau.

But the scores were level at half-time after Zulte's Bernard Malanda Adje hit the back of the net following a neat pass from fellow midfielder Franck Berrier.

Zulte-Waregem took the lead 15 minutes after the break thanks to a penalty from centre forward Mbaye Leye and the home team made it 3-1 in the 72nd minute when Berrier finished off some good lead-up work by Thorgan Hazard, younger brother of Chelsea's Eden.

Genk managed to score their second goal in second-half injury time through Khaleem Hyland but Zulte held on for their 12th victory of the season to remain second in the Belgian First Division.

The win means Zulte stay six points behind Anderlecht after the capital club continued their unbeaten run at home.

Mbokani opened the scoring for Anderlecht when he converted from the spot and, while Leuven's Gambian striker Ebrahima Sawaneh made it 1-1 at the break, the home team found a way to win in the second half.

Anderlecht made it nine wins and a draw at home in the league this season when Mbokani scored in the 50th minute with Massimo Bruno grabbing the assist.