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Anderlecht crowned champion on last day

After big comeback in playoffs, Anderlecht is Belgian champion for 3rd straight time

RSC Anderlecht player Aleksandar Mitrovic, left, scores during the Jupiler Pro League play-offs match against Sporting Lokeren at the Contstant Vanden...
RSC Anderlecht player Anthony Vanden Borre is shown the red card by referee Alexandre Boucaut during the Jupiler Pro League play-offs match against Sp...
RSC Anderlecht players Anthony Vanden Borre, left, and Chancel Mbemba, center, challenge Sporting Lokeren player Jordan Remacle during the Jupiler Pro...
RSC Anderlecht player Chancel Mbemba  celebrates after scoring during the Jupiler Pro League play-offs match against Sporting Lokeren at the Contstant...

Belgium Soccer Pro League

RSC Anderlecht player Aleksandar Mitrovic, left, scores during the Jupiler Pro League play-offs match against Sporting Lokeren at the Contstant Vanden...

Belgium Soccer Pro League

RSC Anderlecht player Anthony Vanden Borre is shown the red card by referee Alexandre Boucaut during the Jupiler Pro League play-offs match against Sp...

Belgium Soccer Pro League

RSC Anderlecht players Anthony Vanden Borre, left, and Chancel Mbemba, center, challenge Sporting Lokeren player Jordan Remacle during the Jupiler Pro...

Belgium Soccer Pro League

RSC Anderlecht player Chancel Mbemba celebrates after scoring during the Jupiler Pro League play-offs match against Sporting Lokeren at the Contstant...

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Anderlecht won its third straight Belgian league title on Sunday's final day of the playoffs, beating Lokeren 3-1 at home to keep Standard Liege at bay.

Anderlecht trailed by as many as 8 points in the playoffs between the top six league finishers but had a sterling final run under new coach Besnik Hasi, who replaced Dutch coach John van den Brom only in March.

Anderlecht won the title with 51 points, 2 more than Standard Liege. Club Brugge finished third with 48.

Anderlecht now goes straight into the Champions League, while Standard Liege secured Champions League qualifying by beating Racing Genk 1-0.

It was the record 33th title for the Brussels club.


Updated : 2020-12-01 07:50 GMT+08:00