Club Brugge crowned Jupiler Pro League champions after nail-biter against rivals Cercle

Club Brugge won the Jupiler Pro League title for the 19th time on Sunday after a 0-0 draw against city rivals Cercle saw them finish one point ahead of Union Saint-Gilloise.

Just like last year, three clubs began the final day of the season with a chance of winning the title: Club Brugge, Union and Anderlecht.

Club needed at least a draw against Cercle or for Union and Anderlecht to fail to win. Union needed to beat Racing Genk and hope Club lost, while Anderlecht needed a win against Antwerp combined with a defeat for Club and for Union to fail to win.

For a while, it looked as if Union would finish top. They beat Genk 2-0 and only needed Cercle to beat Club. And that almost happened, as video replays disallowed a goal 10 minutes before the end, leaving the match 0-0, enough for Club to become champions.

In the final standings, Club have 50 points, which earns them a ticket to the final qualifying round of next season's Champions League. Union finished a point behind and will compete in the second qualifying round. Anderlecht, in third, qualify for the Europa League, thanks to Union having won the Belgian Cup.

Cercle Brugge, Racing Genk and last year's champions Antwerp completed the top six.


Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet celebrates after winning the Jupiler Pro League title with Club Brugge © BELGA PHOTO BRUNO FAHY

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