MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, September 19, 2011
Anderlecht continues to win with Sacha Kljestan in their midfield, while Tristan Bowen still looks for his first Belgian goal in weekend action.
Gent 0 - 1 Anderlecht
Sacha Kljestan went the distance for Anderlecht but it was Matias Suarez who hit the game winner as Anderlecht temporarily went to the top of the league standings on Sunday afternoon.
Les Mauves dominated the first half of the game as Suarez impressed in attack yet again as his second minute attempt just cleared the Gent crossbar. Five minutes later however the Argentinian registered his third league goal of the season. The goal came after left back Matija karabot brought down Suarez as he was bearing down on goal as referee Frank de Bleeke pointed to the spot. The poor shot was blocked by Bojan Jorgačević between the pipes but unfortunately for the Serbian, the ball fell back to the Anderlecht #9 who rippled the back of the net on the second try.
Silivo Proto was called upon to make a double save from just inside his box. Elimane Coulibaly should have buried his effort but the Belgian shot stopper was on his game. The Senegalese also had a great opportunity off a Gent corner kick but he headed just wide of the near post.
The Buffaloes were all over their visitors in the second half but although chances presented themselves, the men in blue and white stripes just could not make Proto pick the ball out of the back of his net.
The win did move Anderlecht up to the top spot until Club Brugge beat Lokeren later that evening to leap frog the boys from Brussels. Les Mauves now hold down the second spot just a point out of first.
Next Sunday G. Beerschot will come to town to try their luck against Kljestan and company.
Roeselare 2 - 2 Eupen
Tristan Bowen went the distance for Roeselare as the Flemish side managed to pick up a point against the league leaders Eupen, at the same time denying them all the points for the first time this season and pushing them down to the second spot.
The home team took the lead just after the half hour mark when defender Bram Vandenbussche struck goal, but a half hour later, on the other side of the intermission, the scores were level courtesty of French attacker Amick Ciani.
Eupen came from behind when Valentín Goffin scored ten minutes later but again, another lead was short lived. The final strike on the night came from Di Lallo with just ten minutes remaining on the clock to give Roeselare an unexpected point.
Roeselare will hit the road next weekend to take on Lommel United.
Devann Yao watched Boussu-Dour's 3-1 victory over FC Brussels from the stands as he served the last game of his suspension. The New Yorker will suit up against White Star Woluwe.