Club Brugge were held 2-2 at Standard Liege and Lierse and AS Eupen fought out a 1-1 draw in Sunday’s Belgian First Division action.
Brugge, fourth on the table, missed a golden opportunity to narrow the gap between themselves and the top three – all of whom drew this weekend – when they conceded two late goals to Liege.
Croatian midfielder Ivan Perisic put the visitors ahead in the 68th minute, and when Nigerian striker Joseph Akpala made it 2-0 eight minutes later Brugge seemed certain to move within three points of third-placed Gent.
But Mohamed Tchite gave the hosts reason to believe with an 85th-minute strike, and Mehdi Carcela stunned Brugge with a second goal in stoppage time to snatch a share of the points for Liege.
Elsewhere, relegation battlers Lierse and AS Eupen managed a point apiece in their encounter.
Lierse’s South African midfielder Lance Davids cancelled out Argentinean attacker Pablo Chavarria’s second-minute goal with one of his own 10 minutes into the second half.