RECAP: W. BEVEREN 0 - 3 ANDERLECHT
MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, August 19, 2013
Andelecht left it late but in the end they did collect all the points against Waasland-Beveren, thanks to Sacha Kljestan's game winner 16 minutes before full time up in Flanders.
Collecting their third win on the trot wasn't easy for les Mauves but when their American midfielder opened the flood gates they finally broke down the stubborn Beveren boys up in the Freethiel Stadion. Frank Acheampong and Guillaume Gillet later added goals of their own.
The game started off at a very slow pace but when a dozen minutes into it Silvio Proto was lucky not to be picking the ball out of the back of his net. Milos Maric lined up a free kick that he struck and saw deflected by Anderlecht's Denis Praet that almost beat the Belgian shot stopper.
Half way through the first half Matais Suarez had a half chance but before intermission Colin Cooseman, between the Beveren sticks, was only called upon to make a solitary save and that was from an Acheampong attempt.
Glen De Boeck's men continued their first half tactics of getting into the faces of les Mauves and slowing the game down as they tried to keep their unbeaten streak alive. Kljestan had other ideas however. Celebrating his 100th Pro League game and still sporting the silly earmuffs after tearing his ear back during the season opener, the Yank rippled the net for the second time in as many weeks. It was Bruno De Zeeuw who propelled the ball forward into the box where both Suarez and Acheampong were unable to make contact. Klejstan however tracked it all the way and when he got the chance pushed the ball into the goal.
Going behind so late in the game, the home team had to push forward if they hoped to secure their fourth draw in a row. This however left space for Anderlecht to play their style and push forward themselves. Eight minutes later 19-year-old Acheampong scored his second of the season, followed by a stoppage time Gillet goal.
Although the champions have recovered well after their season opening loss with three victories and 11 goals with one conceded since, Oguchi Onyewu's former employers Standard Liege have been perfect thus far. Les Mauves still find themselves in fifth place but only one win behind les Rouches. They'll have to hope for a Liege slip-up and also make sure that they don't slip up themselves at home on Sunday when Sporting Charleroi comes to town.