RECAP: ANDERLECHT 4 - 1 CHARLEROI
Anderlecht returned to the top of the league standings with their 4-1 defeat of Charleroi and the leaders at the start of the day, Racing Genk, losing at home to KAA Gent.
Sacha Kljestan went the distance for Les Mauves and picked up a second half yellow card in the game where all the goals came in the second half for his side courtesy of four different players. The Belgian champions had to come from behind after having gone into the locker room at half-time down 1-0 to the last place Zebras. Onur Kaya gave the visitors the lead as the clock struck 12 minutes.
Anderlecht's come back started almost immediately after the intermission when Belgian front man Tom De Sutter leveled the score in just the 48th minute. It was going to be a difficult second half for the Walloons regardless after 19-year-old Samuel Fabris was shown a straight red card in the 31st minute. Brazilian midfielder Ederson Tormena was also shown yellow a minute before the break, and then sent off for a second yellow in the 65th minute.
Seven minutes after the expulsion the Brussels team took the lead when Congolese Junior Kabananga found the back of the net. With the cellar dwellers now in disarray and finding it hard to defend with just nine men, goal number three came eight minutes later, followed by the final strike of the night nine minutes after that. Second half substitute, Jonathan Legear claimed the third, while Matias Suarez struck the last one.
Kljestan and Co. now have to get themselves ready for their midweek journey to Russia to take on Zenit St. Petersburg in Europa League action where a point is vital if they hope to continue into the next round.