Anderlecht unable to win third playoff match

TUESDAY, 16 APRIL 2013, 17:59 - Skyhawk
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Anderlecht could not win their third game in the playoffs. Despite a 1-1 draw against Club Bruges, the Mauves remain first with one point more than Racing Genk. ..

Anderlecht started well thanks to massive support of their fans, but after only ten minutes, the visitors became the better side. The Mauves lost all duels on the midfield and the Brugian strikers showed up between Anderlecht's defending lines. Gudjohnsen had the first large chance but missed. Bacca was stopped by Proto. Not much later, Kouyaté missed his interception forcing Odoi to intervene and leading to an own-goal: 0-1. Lestienne, who escaped from a red card earlier, failed to double the lead a few minutes later.

Before the break, Odoi got red when he stopped Bacca who stormed towards Proto. The Mauves were lucky to reach half time with just a 0-1 on the scoreboard...

The second half was totally different, with De Sutter in the team for Suarez. Anderlecht grabbed Bruges by the throat and should have gotten a penalty after just one minute: Mbokani was brought down in the box by Donk. Red and penalty was the right decision, but referee Verbist didn't react.

Anderlecht kept on pushing forward and controlled all sections of the field now. On a corner kick, Mbokani scored the 1-1 equaliser. The Mauves wanted more, but had to be careful for dangerous counter attacks.

When Donk received his second yellow, the home crowd pushed their team towards goalkeeper Kujovic. In just a few minutes time, at least five excellent chances were created, but the ball didn't want to go against the net. That way, the game ended level.

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