MICHAEL ADUBATO - Sunday, August 28, 2011
Anderlecht squandered their chance of taking all three points in Brugge against their archrivals with a pair of penalty misses, settling for a late equalizer in Jan Breydel Stadium.
Sacha Kljestan continued his run in the starting eleven for Les Mauves but like Milan Jovanovic, was unable to convert his chance from the penalty spot, but unlike Vadis Odjidja who scored his for the home team.
Jovanovic had his opportunity from the spot just six minutes into the game but he went left and 19-year old Colin Coosemans in goal guessed right to deny the ex-Liverpool man.
The American midfielder stepped up to the spot in the 84th minute after the Brugge shot stopper brought down Jovanovic in his box, being shown a straight red card in the process. Sven Dhoest, who is two years younger than Coosemans, came off the bench in place of midfielder Niki Zimlingand and took his place between the sticks to save a weak shot from Kljestan.
Midfielder Jimmy De Jonghe was awarded a penalty by referee Alexandre Boucaut and Odjidja had no trouble beating Silvio Proto in Anderlecht's goal in the 85th minute.
With time running out however Anderlecht's Serb made amends for his first half penalty miss and found the back of the net in stoppage time to claim a valuable point on the road.
Next weekend will be reserved for international games, so Anderlecht will not be back in action until September 11th when they welcome Kortrijk to Brussels.