MICHAEL ADUBATO - Thursday, April 21, 2011
Anderlecht had to come from behind just to get something from their trip to Gent but they still dropped two valuable points as they attempt to repeat as Belgian champions.
Having beaten stubborn Racing Genk in their last game, Les Mauves should have been full of confidence but even with Sacha Kljestan getting the nod to start in midfield, Les Mauves gave up an early goal although managed to tie things up before the final whistle. They did in fact enter the game perhaps over cautiously and after just a dozen minutes, 20-year-old Yassine El Ghanassy picked out his midfield partner Tim Smolders for the shock lead.
The hosts dominated in the early minutes of the game and could have doubled their lead off Zlatan Ljubijankič's effort but the Slovenian front man, who scored against the USA in the last World Cup, was denied by the post.
Les Mauves eventually settled into the game and in the 37th minute they were able to find the equalizer. The goal came from a corner kick that was sent into the box and found Argentinian Matías Suárez who headed it into the back of the net.
The second half saw some more chances by the visitors, mainly efforts by Kanu and Romelu Lukaku but neither were able to find the game winner. The draw drops Kljestan and company back to the second spot after Genk were able to beat Club Brugge by a 3-1 scoreline.
Anderlecht will return to action on Easter Sunday when they travel to Lokeren. The team from East Flanders iscurrently in last place in the play-off bracket.