GAMES Champions AA Gent and RSC Anderlecht kept each other in balance yesterday. The match ended in a logical 1-1 draw. The home side was superior during the first half hour of the match, but was unrecognisable in the second half, that was dominated by the visitors.
Anderlecht started furiously, immediately pushing Gent in the defensive. Defour had the first chance after five minutes, but his header hit the crossbar. Also the rebound didn't go in. Sylla did better five minutes later. On a centre of Defour, he scored the 1-0. Anderlecht kept creating chances, with the best one for Suarez after 30 minutes. Alone in front of the keeper, he was unable to double the lead. From then on, the visitors became stronger. Proto kept the 1-0 on the scoreboard with two excellent safes: one on a header and the other one on an effort of Asare.
The second half was the opposite of the first. Anderlecht seemed to have physical problems now and also couldn't win any more duel on the midfield. The pressure increased and after one hour of play, Depoitre brought the champions along side with a header that went in via the post. Gent tried to benefit from the momentum and even increased the pressure leading to more chances. Obradovic and Proto kept Depoitre from scoring a second goal. Anderlecht tried to counter attack with chances for Sylla and Tielemans, but the scoreline remained unchanged: 1-1.