Zulte Waregem and Eupen draw 5-5, STVV loses 0-1 to Cercle Brugge
Essevee ran into a quick goal at the hands of Konan N’Dri, who was too quick for the home defence. Regan Charles-Cook added to the worry by depositing the leather out of Louis Bostyn’s reach after a rush. With the break in sight, Zinho Gano gave the host a lifeline with the connecting goal, but Isaac Nuhu immediately punished fumbling in the back on the other side. Gano concluded a goal-rich first half with a silver-plated penalty. After the break, Boris Lambert dealt another blow by simply heading the fourth Eupense goal past Bostyn. In a crazy final phase, Stan Braem and Chinonso Offor rebalanced the plates and Alieu Fadera let the Elindus Arena burst at the seams. Sambou Soumano, however, still benefited from a Bostyn slipper.
At the same time, Sint-Truiden narrowly lost to Cercle Brugge with 0-1. Stayen didn’t see any goals for a long time, until Ayase Ueda set the Bruggelings on their way to a sixth league win in eight matches under new coach Miron Muslic. The Canaries saw their chances of a comeback crippled when Fatih Kaya was ruled out with a direct red card in the 84th minute after coming on for less than ten minutes. Cercle also finished the game with ten. Leonardo Lopes received a second yellow deep into injury time (95th). Cercle and STVV are respectively in ninth and tenth place in the ranking of the Belgian highest football division with 25 and 23 points. Eupen is in fifteenth place around the relegation zone with 16 points, while Zulte Waregem is one place lower with 13 units.
Earlier on Saturday, Westerlo crushed KV Oostende 6-0.