GAMES Anderlecht won the last match of the regular season against STVV with 0-1. Yari Verschaeren scored the only goal of the match 10 minutes before the end. A draw was actually sufficient to qualify for the Champions' play-off (the new name for Play-off 1). Because of the victory, Anderlecht even take the third place and are one point behind Antwerp.
Seen the fact that a draw would ensure Anderlecht's spot in the Champions' play-off, the Mauves took a more careful approach. Nonetheless, Anderlecht dominated the match but could not create a lot of big chances. Ashimeru and Murillo gave it a try with a shot from distance. Verschaeren had the best chance, when he intercepted the ball and appeared alone in front of the goalkeeper, but he placed the ball on the wrong side of the post.
The second half brought more of the same: Anderlecht avoided risks, but were the better side. Sambi and Murillo created some danger but missed. Amuzu found himself placed in a good position, but couldn't control the ball. The goal fell eventually 11 minutes before the end: a high intercepted was followed by a good combination over the right wing and Verschaeren beat goalkeeper Steppe was a well aimed shot in the bottom left corner.
Thanks to the victory, Anderlecht jumped over Genk to the third place. The four teams that play for the title in the Champions' play-offs are: Club Bruges, Royal Antwerp FC, RSC Anderlecht and KRC Genk. If Genk should win the Belgian Cup next Sunday, these four clubs are also ensured of European football next year.
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