MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, May 7, 2012
Sacha Kljestan claims the Jupiler Pro League title with Anderlecht, while Mix Diskerud has to watch Gent lose from the bench in weekend Belgian soccer action.
Anderlecht 1 - 1 Club Brugge
Les Mauves only required a single point to claim the title and got just that thanks to Guillaume Gillet's 94th minute strike from the penalty spot. The 1-1 result gives Anderlecht its 31st Belgian title.
American midfielder Sacha Kljestan put in a 74 minute shift in a game that was not worthy of one deciding a championship as both teams played well below par. Neither team managed a shot on goal in the first 45 minutes. Three minutes before Kljestan came off the field however, Brugge's 19-year-old striker Maxime Lestienne found the back of the net to silence the capacity crowd in Brussels.
With the prospect of hoisting the championship trophy in front of their home supporters slipping away, Anderlecht made things right deep into stoppage time. Swedish defender Michael Almebäck brought down Dieumerci Mbokani in the box and Gillet took the responsibilty and beat Bojan Jorgacevic between the Brugge sticks for the tie.
Although the title has been sealed, Anderlecht still has to travel to Kortrijk on Thursday evening for the final game of the season.
Mix Diskerud did not get off the bench as Gent fell to Kortrijk at home to damage their chances at a Euro League spot next season.