GAMES A very weak and nervously acting Anderlecht took the three points against Zulte Waregem yesterday evening. Though if they want to celebrate the title next week in Bruges, the quality has to increase seriously. With the victory, Anderlecht remain first with 4 points more than Bruges. Ghent have been knocked out of the title race after a defeat.
Anderlecht started with Acheampong in the team instead of Trebel. The idea was to set up fast attacks over the wing, but surprisingly it were the visitors that dominated the first half. Boeckx had to keep Anderlecht in the match after just a few minutes with an excellent save. Zulte Waregem realised Anderlecht weren't in great form and started looking for a goal. Luckily for the Mauves, they could score on the counter attack through Chipciu. After the goal, the home side had control over the match for about 10 minutes, before sinking into too defensive play once again.
Coach Weiler replaced the weak Acheampong for Trebel with the goal of taking control over the midfield. His plan failed though. To everyone's surprise, Zulte Waregem even had 61% of ball possession. They also had one excellent chance, but Anderlecht made a lucky escape when Leye aimed his shot over the empty goal. The rest of the second half was boring to follow with no chances at all. In the very end, Thelin secured the victory for Anderlecht with a good shot in the left corner: 2-0, final result.
If Anderlecht can win in Bruges next week, they celebrate their 34th title. But also with a draw the title is very close.
All phases of the match:
93' End of the game.
91' GOAL! Thelin scores with a shot! Thelin shows up at the right moment on the second post and scores.
89' Replacement: Deschacht in, Chipciu out.
88' Replacement: Mühren in, Derijck out.
77' Replacement: Cordaro in, Baudry out.
75' Replacement: Thelin in, Teodorczyk out.
71' Trebel is being showed yellow.
70' Chipciu sees a chance for glory and shoots! The keeper makes a good save with a dive.
67' Corner kick for Anderlecht.
61' Leye sees a chance for glory and shoots! What an inexplicable failure! The ball goes over the target.
46' Start of the second half.
45' Replacement: Lepoint in, Lerager out.
45' Replacement: Trebel in, Acheampong out.
42' Coopman sees a chance for glory and shoots! The ball hits the post and no goal!
40' The ball passes the line in favour of the Mauves: corner kick.
39' Chance for Acheampong with a shot!
35' There aren't too many chances. The battle for the midfield is still ongoing.
20' The ball passes the line in favour of the Mauves: corner kick.
15' GOAL! Chipciu scores with a shot! Hanni gave the last pass with a long ball.
13' The ball passes the line in favour of Zulte Waregem: corner kick.
6' The ball passes the line in favour of Zulte Waregem: corner kick.
5' Coopman sees a chance for glory and shoots! The ball doesn't go in between the posts.
0' Kick-off of the match!