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Belgian First Division wrap: Setback for Zulte-Waregem

Zulte-Waregem missed a chance to go within three points of table-toppers Anderlecht in the Belgian First Division on Saturday.

With Anderlecht not in action until Sunday, Francky Dury’s side had an ideal chance to put some pressure on their title rivals.

But they were forced to come from behind just to win a point in a 1-1 draw at Mons.

Gambian attacker Mustapha Jarju gave Mons the lead after 40 minutes as he converted Arnor Angeli’s assist for his first goal in two months.

An equaliser from Senegalese forward Mbaye Leye on the stroke of half-time gave Zulte-Waregem a perfectly-timed boost but they were unable to carry their momentum into the second half and as a result, were forced to settle for a draw.

Bottom-placed Cercle Brugge conceded twice in the last five minutes as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Waasland-Beveren.

Cercle – looking for their first league win in five matches – seemed destined for victory after Tim Smolders backed up his early strike with another on 79 minutes.

But Kassim Doumbia’s effort on 85 minutes got them nervous and Christoph Lepoint gave the visitors an unlikely point with his goal just moments later.

OH Leuven and Lierse also played out a 2-2 draw, with the former coming from behind twice. Karel Geraerts bagged the all-important equaliser with 13 minutes to play.

Other results saw Mechelen beat Beerschot 2-0 while Sporting Charleroi won 2-1 on the road at Gent.

Sun 23 December, 2012
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