MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, September 12, 2011
Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht picked up all three points while Tristan Bowen made his debut in weekend Belgian action.
Anderlecht 2 - 0 Kortrijk
American midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance for Anderlecht and picked up a yellow card as les Mauves got back to winning ways with their victory over mid-table team KV Kortrijk at Constant vanden Stock Stadion. The goals were supplied on each side of the intermission by Milan Jovanovic and Guillaume Gillet.
Man of the match Matias Suarez was inspired and put in an outstanding performance for les Mauves. It was the Argentinian who latched onto the ball and sent in the cross for Jovanovic in the 13th minute. The Serb easily tucked it past Kristof Van Hout in Kortrijk's goal for the early lead.
The game was put to bed in the 56th minute courtesy of a free kick outside of the visitor's 18 yard box. Instead of taking the expected shot on goal, Anderlecht's other Argentinian, Lucas Biglia spotted the run of Gillet who caught the defense off guard and slid the ball through the legs of the oncoming Van Hout.
The three points see Anderlecht in fourth place, just two behind league leaders Gent.
The Brussels team will next be in action Thursday night when they welcome AEK Athens to the European capital in Europa League action.
Roeselare 0 - 0 Wetteren
American Tristan Bowen made his Belgian debut for Roeselare but was unable to help the team pick up the win over ten man Wetteren on Sunday evening.
Overall it was a night to forget for the East Flemish boys as goalkeeper Dimitri Verhulst, as well as defender Sebastian Dewaest had to leave the field due to injuries.
For Wetteren, Davy Claessens was sent to the showers at the hour mark for a harsh tackle but still the home team could not take advantage of the extra man although they produced a series of half chances. The tie leaves Roeselare in eighth place, seven points out of the top spot after just four games.
Bowen and company will next be in action over the weekend when they welcome Eupen to town.
Serving the second of his three game ban, Devann Yao watched from the stands as his Boussu-Dour team drew 1-1 on the road against Heist.