MICHAEL ADUBATO - Thursday, November 11, 2010
In mid-week action Anderlecht were unable to find the back of the net in this not very exciting Belgian Cup game as they lost to fellow top division side Westerlo away from home.
American Sacha Kljestan started for Les Mauves and went the distance in this losing effort where coach Ariel Jacobs fielded a team consisting of mostly reserve players in order to rest his starters, those who aren't already injured, for Sunday's clash against Genk, who hold down second place ahead of Anderlecht on goal difference. Jacobs was without the suspended Matias Suarez and overall lacking eight starters.
Guillaume Gillet had a decent chance for the visitors on the edge of the box but it rolled his effort right into the arms of Westerlo's keeper, Yves de Winter. The eventual goal came early in the second half however for the home team when a cross from the right was headed forwarded to an offside Paulo Henrique, but neither the linesman nor referee saw what all the Anderlecht fans did.
Chances later in the half were few and far between and the game eventually fizzled out with Anderlecht out of the Belgian Cup for yet another season.
The Belgian champions will travel west to Gent this weekend and will hope to get back to winning ways and leapfrog the Flemish team.