GAMES Anderlecht won its first leg in the third qualifying round of the Conference League against Paide Linnameeskond with 0-2. Lior Refaelov and Fabio Silva, on an assist from Refaelov, provided the goals.
In the first quarter of the game the home team mainly withdrew, but they were able to make one serious threat. Hoedt, however, saved the day. After ten minutes Refaelov gave the visitors the lead after a cross from Amuzu.
Between minute 15 and 30 the purple and white team kept control of the game. The fire in the home team seemed to be extinguished after the goal and Anderlecht threatened via a shot by Hoedt and a well-aimed attempt by Silva that went just wide. The pace, however, was not particularly high.
Also in the last fifteen minutes of the first half Anderlecht came through easily. Verschaeren had a good chance on the half hour but his shot was deflected. The 0-2 finally came, five minutes before half time. Silva was sent deep and finished with a controlled effort. Watch the goal here.
After half time the home team seemed to come out of the dressing rooms with renewed courage. Yet again it was easy for the Purple and White to impose their will. There were no real big chances. On the contrary, Paide had one big chance, but Van Crombrugge first dived on the ball.
Between minute 60 and 75, the match quietly lapsed. El Hadj had the best chance with a shot just wide. Paide then tries to force the pace, but without really forcing any big chances. With a defensive action Arnstad does run into a yellow cardboard. Trebel, Kana and Raman make their appearance at minute 70. For Murillo, Verschueren and Arnstad the match is over.
Esposito, who came on as a substitute, should have pushed in a third goal but his shot was just at the right height for the keeper. In the following phase there was a hot situation in front of goal but the purple and white team just could not get the ball in. The match ended 0-2.
Goals: 10' Refaelov (0-1), 40' Silva (0-2)
Paide Linnameeskond: Aksalu, Klavan, Saliste, Yusif, Frolo, Mööl (80' Mosnikov), Simon, Tambedou (70' Piht), Saag (61' Palumets), Luts (70' Saarma), Singhateh (80' Viidas)
Anderlecht: Van Crombrugge, Debast, Hoedt, Delcroix, Murillo (73' Raman), Arnstad (73' Kana), Verschaeren (73' Trebel), Ait El Hadj (80' Esposito), Refaelov, Silva (80' Stroeykens)
Yellow cards: 69' Arnstad, 81' Kana
Red cards: /
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