MICHAEL ADUBATO - Sunday, May 15, 2011
Anderlecht's dream of back-to-back titles came to a screeching halt last night as they fell to Liege at Stade Maurice Dufrasne on Saturday night.
American midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who will have to wait another year for a league title, was given the nod and put in a 90 minute shift in the defeat.
Standard's own midfielder, Mehdi Carcela got things underway in the 31st minute when he beat Les Mauves number two keeper Davy Schollen, who stepped in for the injured Silvio Proto. Minutes later the visitor's could have evened things up but Guillaume Gillet's effort counted for nothing in the end.
It took until the 70th minute for Anderlecht to keep their title hopes alive thanks to Roland Juhász, but the Hungarian's goal only kept things alive for a short time because ten minutes later former Anderlecht striker Mohammed Tchité sealed the victory.
With just one game left to the season and Kljestan and company six points adrift, the battle for the league title will pit Standard Liege against Racing Genk next weekend. Both teams currently sit on 50 points. Anderlecht's consolation game will be against Lokeren at home. Regardless of the outcome, Anderlecht will finish in the third spot.