After two days of league play, newly promoted FC Malines(aka KV Mechelen), who won the European cup winners cup in 1988, and former Belgian champions Racing Genk, are the only undefeated teams totally 6 points each. Anderlecht and Standard now trail by two with FC Brugge trailing by three in league standings. FC Malines beat Zulte-Waregem 2-1 and Lokeren 2-0 in their first two games. Genk, coming off a disappointing season last year with an 11th place finish, have been able to count on their young forwards, 21 year old Belgian international Jelle Vossen who leads the league with 3 goals and last year’s 18 year old revelation Kevin De Bruyne who decided to stay after being courted by Anderlecht and Standard.
Anderlecht, after opening the season the previous week with a promising 4-1 win against newly promoted Eupen, continues its quest for a 31st title with a disappointing 0-0 draw to Charleroi. Standard Liege and FC Brugge had a less productive start to the season. Both however seem back on track to fight for the top spot with convincing 4-1 wins over their opponents. Croatian U21 striker Ivan Perisic having tallied two goals in Brugge’s win against St. Truiden and Belgian U21 Mehdi Carcela scoring two as well for Standard.
On the European front, Anderlecht, after securing a 3-0 win against Welsh champions TNS (6-1 on aggregate) will be facing Partizan Belgrade in hopes of gaining access to the Champions League’s final stages. The team’s first win, 3-1, saw American newcomer Sacha Kljestan score his first European and club goal. Returning from a knee injury, 17 year old striker sensation Romelu Lukaku netted two of the three at home to seal the win. Other Belgian teams competing on the European stage are Club Brugge who will face Dynamo Minsk, KAA Gent who will face Feyenoord, and Genk will be facing Porto all on the August 19th in Europa League play.