MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, August 13, 2012
Sacha Kljestan came off the bench but it was Dieumerci Mbonaki who struck thrice to give the Belgian champions all the points in Brugge.
The American took to the field for les Mauves in the 65th minute but the game was already put to bed with his Congolese team mate having already found the back of the net twice by that time.
Mbokani's first came just four minutes into the game when Denis Odoi slid the ball through a pair of defenders from the right side of the box for an easy tap in from four yards out. Guilluame Gillet could have doubled the score minutes later when the Congolese charged into the box and found the Belgian wide open to his right. The effort however missed the target.
Milan Jovanovic provided the second goal in the 24th minute by feeding the ball to Mbokani who was just to the left of goal at a tight angle. After the GK parried away the first strike and the ball came back to the former team mate of Oguchi Onyewu at Standard Liege, he was able to side foot the next chance over the goal line.
Early on after the intermission Jovanovic was denied his chance to light up the scoreboard when his shot from 15 yards out was pushed away by the fingertips of Bram Verbist in the Cercle goal.
Kljestan then came on for De Sutter and Anderlecht continued their dominance of the game. Soon to follow, Kanu's strike from the edge of the box would have gone in were it not for Verbist's acrobatic save.
After a poor pass in the middle of the field was intercepted by the Anderlecht American, the California boy spotted Gillet advancing on the right wing. The Belgian received the pass and then centered the ball to Mbokani who chipped the keeper for his hat trick with 15 minutes remaining on the clock.
The hosts could have gotten one back when Berndt Evens sent his free kick goal bound but Silvio Proto happily credited the save to the far post.
The win keeps the boys from Brussels undefeated with two wins and a tie and they'll stay in Brussels over the weekend to welcome RAEC Mons to the capital for a Sunday afternoon clash. Although they were new to the top division last year, Anderlecht could only collected a pair of points from the Walloonian team who boast last season's top scorer in Jeremy Perbet. The Frenchman however has only registered minimal playing time as he looks to find a new team before the transfer window closes.