GAMES Anderlecht have taken another nice step up. At the Gaverbeek it played far from great, but it did take three much needed points. Substitute Peter Zulj seemed to be on his way to becoming the anti-hero of the evening, but in the final phase he set things right with a subtle assist for the 1-2..
Anderlecht had a dream start at the Gaverbeek. Roofe picked up a bad pass from Oberin. He reached Chadli with a beautiful pass. The Red Devil, back in the starting eleven after a short injury, He stayed calm and scored: 0-1.
Anderlecht went ahead and chances followed for Sambi Lokonga, Saelemaekers and Chadli. Van Crombrugge had to save at the half-hour on an attempt by Larin. Despite the opportunities, Anderlecht did not play great football, but it went into half-time with a lead.
Zulte Waregem coach Dury made a double substitution at half time. Via Bruno, the home team also got the first chance after the break. On the Anderlecht side, football became increasingly worse. There were hardly any chances.
In the 73rd minute Vercauteren reacted by bringing Zulj for Saelemaekers. Barely two minutes later, the Austrian just plays the ball in Larin's feet. He easily put it past Van Crombrugge: 1-1. Six minutes later Zulj corrected his mistake. With a subtle touch, he set Roofe alone in front of the goal and the Englishman scored the 1-2, already his fifth in seven games.
Ten more exciting minutes followed, but Anderlecht persisted. The Purple & White is now in eighth place alongside Racing Genk. It counts two points less than the numbers five and six.
Goal(s): 4 'Chadi (1-0), 73' Larin (1-1), 82 'Roofe (1-2)
Zulte Waregem: Bossut, De fauw, Pletinckx, Deschacht, Mensah, Seck, Sissako (46 'Govea), Van Hecke (71' Zarandia), Bruno, Oberlin (46 'Bjordal), Larin
Anderlecht: Van Crombrugge, Sardella, Cana, Cobbaut, Luckassen, Kayembe, Sambi Lokonga, Verschaeren, Saelemaekers (73 'Zulj), Chadli (90 + 3' Vlap), Roofe (87 'Thelin)
Yellow: 53 'Luckassen, 88' Mensah
Referee: Lawrence Visser
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