GAMES Anderlecht did not get any further than a scoreless draw against Kortrijk after a weak match at home. Anderlecht started weak and needed a good Van Crombrugge to rest with 0-0. After the break the pace went up somewhat, which also resulted in some chances. Chadli kicked the best chance of the match against the Kortrijk goalkeeper. Anderlecht lose very valuable points in the fight for play-off 1.
Kortrijk immediately took control of the game and the home team only threatened faintly via Saelemaekers and Chadli. Kortrijk held its ground very easily and in the 28th minute, Anderlecht received a big warning when Mboyo was able to head towards the goal. Van Crombrugge was in class, however. Two minutes later, Chadli shot the best chance in the side net for Anderlecht in the first half.
Kortrijk continued to threaten regularly. Ocansey passed Dewaele easily, but his ball control was not good enough to score. A little bit later, Van Crombrugge was tested again when Kage shot at goal. Roofe headed high over the last Purple-and-white feat of the first half.
After the break, Anderlect started better. However, Roofe decided without finesse and a Lokonga's lob was turned off the line. However, the pressure was short-lived and the level dropped again. Only in the 80th minute did Purple and White get another chance. Chadli came face to face with Jakubech after a nice combination, but the Slovak debutant saved the attempt of the Red Devil.
Immediately afterwards, substitute Sardella blocked Ocansey's attempt, thus avoiding a big chance for Kortrijk. Chadli kicked another free kick at the crossbar and Kiese Thelin tried too hard to extend a header by Roofe. In the added time, the line judge saved Anderlecht from an even bigger setback. Lepoint kicked the ball into the net, but he was offside.
Anderlechte played 0-0 at home for the third time this season. The strongholds of the last weeks failed today. Only Chadli could threaten a bit, but also dropped to a large extent in the second half. With the difficult schedule ahead for the winter break, these are very valuable points that were lost in the make-up race to make it to play-off I.
Anderlecht:Van Crombrugge, Luckassen, Kana, Cobbaut, Dewaele (Sardella 70'), Kayembe (Doku 70'), Sambi Lokonga, Chadli, Saelemaekers (Kiese Thelin 86'), Verschaeren, Roofe
Kortrijk:Jakubech, Golubovic, Kovacevic, Tuta, D'Haene, De Sart, Azouni (Rolland 77'), Kage (Lepoint 68'), Ocansey, Batsula (Stojanovic 85'), Mboyo
Yellow cards: Kayembe (57'), De Sart (73'), Azouni (74'), Tuta (87')
Red cards: /
Referee: Wesley Alen
Stadium: Lotto Park
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