Mechelen vs. Lierse  1 - 1


Belgian First Division wrap: Late goal saves Gent

28 April 2012 23:26

A penalty from Bernd Thijs completed Gent's comeback as they came from behind to defeat Club Brugge 2-1 on Saturday.

The victory means Gent move to within a point of second-placed Brugge in the Belgian First Division's top-tier playoffs that decide the title and European football berths for next season.

The visitors stunned Gent with a ninth-minute goal when Carl Hoefkens scored from a pass by Carlos Bacca, but Elimane Coulibaly ensured the home side were level at half-time when he scored in the 24th minute.

Gent took the lead in the 63rd minute thanks to Thijs' penalty and held on to win and keep up the pressure on Brugge in the race for a European Champions League qualifying spot.

Brugge are on 38 points, seven points behind leaders Anderlecht, with Gent on 37 points and Genk on 35.

Standard Liege defeated Kortrijk 2-0 in the other top-tier playoff match thanks to goals from Luis Seijas and Ignacio Gonzalez.

Liege are fifth in the title-deciding playoffs, three points behind Genk, with Kortrijk last with 28 points.

In Playoffs Two, OH Leuven upset Cercle Brugge 3-2 in Group A.

The second set of playoffs in the Belgian First Division are divided into two groups with each of the group winners playing off for a shot at a Europa League spot.

Cercle Brugge lead Group A but extended their winless streak to three games by throwing away a two-goal lead away to Leuven.

Amido Balde scored twice in the first 20 minutes for Cercle, but the home side hit back in the final 15 minutes with three goals to win the game.

In the other Group A match Lierse managed a 1-1 draw away to Mechelen.

Cercle tops Group A with eight points, with Lierse and Leuven tied on seven and Mechelen four points behind the leaders.

In Group B, a goal in the 90th minute from Miguel Dachelet gave Zulte-Waregem a 1-0 victory over Mons, while Lokeren defeated Beerschot 3-1.

Mons lead Group B with 10 points, Zulte-Waregem are now three points behind, with Beerschot on six points and Lokeren on five.

First Division A table

# Team MP D P
1 6 +6 11
2 6 +1 10
3 6 +0 7
4 6 -7 4
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