GAMES Despite being down to ten men, a decent Anderlecht beat Kortrijk yesterday with 1-3. The Mauves advance to the third place in the ranking and are now just three points behind leader Zulte Waregem. Next weekend, Bruges (second) will visit Anderlecht.
Anderlecht dominated most of the match but did not create a lot of chances. The first big chance was even for the home side. Obradovic touched the ball with his arm in the box and Kagé could take the penalty shot. Goalkeeper Boeckx saved Kagé's effort though. A bit later, Boeckx also needed an excellent save to stop Saadi from scoring. Meanwhile, Stanciu had already opened the score on the other side: Tielemans recuperated the ball, passed to Bruno whose shot was blocked, but Stanciu scored with a fantastic shot in the rebound.
The second half started with a lot of bad passes on both sides. A single good pass reached Saadi though who seemed to be on his way to goalkeeper Boeckx, but he was incorrectly flagged for offside. The goal fell on the other side: Teodorzcyk scored after weak defending: 0-2. The matched seemed over, but when Stanciu got his second yellow, Anderlecht was suddenly down to ten men. The Mauves tried to control the match and counter attack and Kara was even close to scoring the 0-3. Not much later, Saadi brought Kortrijk back into the match (1-2), but Anderlecht's lead was never really in danger. Ten minutes before the end, Obradovic decided the match with a brilliant shot in the upper corner from a sharp angle: 1-3.