GAMES RSC Anderlecht faced Club Bruges in today's match. The game was Bruges last chance to return into the title race and they needed a victory for it. Anderlecht on the other hand could win the title with a victory. The match ended in a 1-1 draw though. Next week, Anderlecht have another chance to win the title, as they just need two more points.
Anderlecht started with Thelin in the team instead of Teodorzcyk. Bruges started with Touba instead of Cools. The other ten players of both teams were as expected.
The match started at high intensity. Izquierdo had the first chance for the home side, but it was Hanni who scored at the other side with a free kick: 0-1. Bruges had to react, but didn't find a solution on Anderlecht's defensive block. The Mauves tried to counter attack whenever possible through the fast Acheampong, but there weren't any real chances for quite a while. Shortly before the break, Spajic made an unnecessary foul just outside the box. Vormer scored from the resulting free kick: 1-1. Bruges increased the pace for the remaining minutes of the first half, but couldn't score anymore.
The home side also started with a lot of pressure forward in the second half. Rotariu and Vanaken both had excellent chances in the first five minutes, but they aimed too high. After those chances, Anderlecht took control over the match again. Teodorzcyk, who had replaced Thelin, immediately had a great chance, but keeper Horvath saved. A few minutes later, Acheampong broke through on a counter attack and was brought down in the box by Engels: penalty! Tielemans took the penalty but his shot was aimed right in the middle of the goal and Horvath saved. Anderlecht wouldn't get a better chance anymore to score. Bruges tried with a final offensive, but Anderlecht defended well.
With this draw, Bruges remain 4 points behind Anderlecht. With just two matches left, Anderlecht only need two more points to win the title. The Mauves have another chance in Charleroi and if necessary on Sunday against Ostend.
All the events of the game:
96' End of the game.
93' Replacement: Bruno in, Chipciu out.
91' 6 minutes extra.
90' Acheampong wins time. The referee shows yellow.
89' Replacement: Nuytinck in, Acheampong out.
87' Replacement: Immers in, Touba out.
86' Touba with a hard effort! The ball goes out on the wrong side of the post.
84' The ball passes the line in favour of Bruges: corner kick.
83' Bruges dominate the game at the moment.
81' Bruges try their luck with a free kick, but the effort is being blocked.
80' Appiah starts pulling his opponent, and is being sanctioned. The referee gives a yellow card and a free kick.
78' Wesley starts pulling his opponent, Hanni, and is being sanctioned. A free kick is the result.
76' Foul! Chipciu has pushed . Yellow and free kick.
75' Replacement: Wesley in, Vossen out.
74' The referee has to intervene to calm some players. Limbombe is the instigator.
73' Acheampong sees a chance for glory and shoots! The ball is being blocked. It will be a corner kick.
72' is being taken down with a tackle by Hanni. The referee takes action. The referee gives a yellow card and a free kick.
70' Chance for Izquierdo with a shot! The ball goes out. The goalkeeper is not worried at all.
69' The game resumes.
66' The fans of Bruges are misbehaving and the match is being stopped.
65' Tielemans misses the penalty! Horvath keeps his net clean and throws himself in front of the ball!
64' Engels makes a bad tackle on the legs of Acheampong. It's a penalty and a yellow card!
61' The ball passes the line in favour of Bruges: corner kick.
60' Replacement: Limbombe in, Rotariu out.
59' Vormer is in the position to shoot! The ball doesn't go in between the posts.
58' Teodorzcyk has a fantastic chance but the keeper saves.
54' Replacement: Teodorzcyk in, Thelin out.
54' Hanni sees a chance for glory and shoots! Horvath stops the chance! It will be a corner kick. Set up the action with a nice combination.
52' Hanni sees a chance for glory and shoots! The ball doesn't go in between the posts.
51' Bruges increase the pace and plays higher now.
50' Vanaken fires from distance! The ball is too high.
46' Bruges have a chance with a hard shot. That was an excellent opportunity! The ball is too high.
46' Start of the second half.
44' Chance for Chipciu with a shot! The goalie makes a simple save.
41' Izquierdo sees a chance for glory and shoots! The ball goes out. The goalkeeper is not worried at all.
40' Thelin is unable to reach the ball! Hanni delivered the centre from the left wing.
39' It's yellow for Kara.
38' Yellow for Vanaken!
35' GOAL! Vormer scores with a free kick! The ball goes in in the upper left corner.
35' is being taken down with a tackle by Spajic. The referee takes action. Free kick, says the referee.
32' The ball passes the line in favour of Bruges: corner kick.
31' Kara turns and shoots! The ball doesn't go in between the posts.
30' Corner kick for Anderlecht.
29' Obradovic makes a foul by pulling his opponent . A free kick is the result.
25' The ball passes the line in favour of Bruges: corner kick.
21' The pace of the game is too slow and there is a lot of carelessness in the passing. Anderlecht easily control the game though.
15' Corner kick for Bruges.
15' Bruges try to convert a free kick. The ball doesn't go in between the posts.
12' Thelin is unable to reach the ball! Acheampong was the author of the centre from the left side.
8' GOAL! Hanni scores with a free kick! See the atmosphere in Brussels (big screen) on our Facebook page.
7' Denswil makes a foul with a tackle from behind on Thelin. Free kick, says the referee.
5' Izquierdo turns and shoots! The ball doesn't go in between the posts.
3' Both teams started with a high intensity.
0' Kick-off of the match!
Line-up Bruges: Horvath, Palacios, Engels, Denswil, Touba, Vormer, Claudemir, Vanaken, Rotariu, Vossen, Izquierdo
Line-up RSC Anderlecht: Boeckx, Appiah, Spajic, Kara, Obradovic, Dendoncker, Tielemans, Chipciu, Hanni, Acheampong, Thelin