We see that nothing changed positionally on the last day. A couple of things could’ve occured if Gent and Charleroi were to snatch wins away. Five of the six teams can now assess their season, go off and as footballers tend to say, come back fitter and stronger and work on blah blah blah, even though I’m sure the vast majority come back just as good, or to honest fans, come back just as disappointing!
But alas, Anderlecht were of course crowned champions and hosted Oostende in a match that watching from a far, looked more like a testimonial. The game ended 3-2 to the champions where I felt the best goal was the David Rozenhal bullet header of an own goal. I’m sure Lukasz Teodorczyk was even proud of that one. For me though, Les Mauves are by far and away the worthy winners of the Pro League this season, not just because they climbed to the top, but because they performed so well throughout the regular season and the play offs. The cream does always rise to the top.
With Oostende unable to take a point, Charleroi could’ve overtaken them into the Europa League play off place with a win away at hapless Zulte Waregem, who, and I’ve said this since the first play off match I think, gave up on the season after the cup, plus, their record against the 5 above them is atrocious. Cristian Benavente put the visitors 2-0 up at half time and made it look like Zulte Waregem were going to finish on a whimper, until Henrik Dalsgaard halves the deficit, before assisting Mühren 5 minutes from time. Dalsgaard, I‘m sure is off to Genk next season and signed off his play offs with a fine second half display. He has been possibly the only shining light on a dark play off campaign for Waregem. Les Zèbres on the other hand miss out on European football altogether unfortunately. They have performed very well all season but fall just short of the play off for Europe.
Lastly it was the game of the weekend where Club Brugge hosted Gent in a match that would determine who’d get the Champions League qualifying place for next season. Gent needed a win. Nothing less would do in a tough match in which Club Brugge knew they couldn’t give less than 100%. When Wesley, who like Dalsgaard previously, has had a fantastic play off campaign individually put the hosts in front at half time. Hans Vanaken smashed a low drive into the bottom corner in the second half to seal a win and wrap up second. Kenny Saief did pull back a goal with 20 minutes still to play, making it nervy for Brugge, but to score another 2 would’ve been miraculous really, and Brugge held on to the win.
Overall the play offs weren’t vintage as Anderlecht looked in control from the start and those around them did just drop too many points, either against each other or draws came into play too.