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Belgian First Division wrap: Mbokani hat-trick sends Anderlecht top

12 August 2012 23:18

Dieumerci Mbokani sent Anderlecht top of the Belgian First Division, scoring a hat-trick in his side's 3-0 win over Cercle Brugge.

The 26-year-old striker from the Democratic Republic of Congo scored twice in the first half before wrapping up his hat-trick and the win with a delightful chip with 15 minutes to play.

Sunday's victory has sent Anderlecht to the summit of the table, just ahead of Club Brugge and Zulte-Waregem on goal difference.

Anderlecht, Club Brugge and Waregem are all on seven points after three games with the leaders on plus-four goal difference and the other two clubs one goal behind.

In Sunday's game in Brugge, Anderlecht hit the home side hard early with Mbokani scoring his first goal in the fifth minute, tapping in Dennis Odoi's cross at the back post.

The Anderlecht striker doubled his side's lead 19 minutes later when he scored from a tight angle and Mbokani finished off an impressive performance in the 75th minute, collecting Guillaume Gillet's pass, before he lifted the ball over Cercle's goalkeeper from the edge of the area for a brilliant third goal.

Genk leapfrogged Lokeren into fifth in the Belgian First Division with a 1-0 triumph on Sunday.

Thomas Buffel scored the in the 87th minute to secure victory for the home side over Lokeren.

Genk have moved to five points, just one ahead of Lokeren and three other clubs.

In Sunday's other result, Gent drew 1-1 with OH Leuven.

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