MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, October 28, 2013
Anderlecht returned to league action on Sunday afternoon and came away with a point against first place Standard Liege up in Brussels.
American Sacha Kljestan went the distance for les Mauves and it was the California boy who lit up the score board for the home team inside the first minute of the game.
As a matter of fact only 40 seconds showed on the clock when the Japanese goalkeeper Elij Kawashima was picking the ball out of the back of Liege's net after a corner kick delivered by Acheampong was deflected by his Serbian team mate right to Kljestan's head. The ex-Chivas USA man had no trouble nodding it home.
The champions couldn't hang on however until the break because ten minutes before the referee whistled for the intermission, Imoh Ezekiel leveled things up for les Rouges after Mujangi Bia picked him out and recorded an assist for himself.
The game was Anderlecht's to win especially based on the fact that Daniel Opare picked up his second yellow card ten minutes after the restart. But with a half hour of playing a man up and not being able to find a way through; William Vainqueur was also sent off with just five minutes left in the game.
The solitary point leaves Anderlecht in fifth place but Genk leapfrogged Club Brugge after beating them 2-0 on the road. So next up for Kljestan and associates will be trip to the Belgian coast when they take on KV Oostende on Wednesday evening.