RECAP: WEEKEND BELGIAN ACTION
Sacha Kljestan played the full 90 minutes for Anderlecht as they pulled within one point of the league's top spot while Devann Yao returned from suspension in Boussu's home loss to White Star Woluwe.
RSC Anderlecht 3 - 2 Beerschot AC
Sacha Kljestan put in yet another 90-minute performance for Anderlecht on Sunday evening, helping the team finally overcome Beerschot AC en route to a home win that pulled them within a wink of the league lead.
Anderlecht was dominant in the early-going, and were rewarded for their resolve just past the half-hour as Roland Juhasz got his head on a perfect cross-field free kick from Lucas Biglia and sent it past Beerschot keeper Stijn Stijnen for 1-0.
The team continued their charge and were firmly in control of the game when they doubled the lead five minutes later, as Guillaume Gillet powerfully headed in a Biglia corner for their second goal.
Beerschot were able to get a grip on matters before the scoreline worsened, and held their own against the Belgian giants before storming back midway through the second half.
Hernán Losada found Roni Porokara on the right side with no defender in the vicinity, and the Finnish midfielder's low shot nearly grazed the right upright on its way over the line to cut the lead in the 64th minute.
Five minutes later, Cheikhou Kouyaté was whistled for a penalty after he questionably tripped up Porokara inside the Anderlecht area, and Losada put away the spot kick completing the unexpected rally.
The Argentine was however perhaps responsible for his team's ultimate demise, forcing them to finish out the final 20 minutes with only ten men on the field after he picked up a pair of yellow cards within two minutes of scoring the equalizer, the first of which was needlessly collected on the goal celebration.
Predictably, Anderlecht took full advantage of the situation and finally pulled out the win with two minutes left in regulation. A set piece from Fernando Canesin Matos was headed against the left post by Matías Suarez, and as the ball rolled across the face of goal, Gillet rushed in to fire it home from near the right post, securing the three points for his team.
The win combined with a scoreless draw by current leaders Brugge cuts Anderlecht's gap to the top spot to a single point. They face a long, grueling trip east to visit Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday in Europa League group play, then will visit defending champions Genk three days later.
Boussu Dour Borinage 1 - 3 White Star Woluwe
Devann Yao marked his return from a three-game suspension, taking the field for the final 32 minutes of play as Boussu Dour Borinage were beaten at home by White Star Woluwe.
Woluwe's Brazilian forward Daniel de Oliveira opened the scoring after a quarter-hour when he slipped behind the defense and beat the keeper for his blistering fourth goal in four games.
The hosts kept their composure and did manage to equalize two minutes past the half-hour as Jean Koffi powered his shot over the line after the defense failed to clear it from danger.
Woluwe were unfazed, and managed to give themselves the halftime lead, with Sylvain Macé hitting a tight-angled near-post shot two minutes before the half, then they added an insurance goal five minutes before full time from the foot of Yannick Loemba for the final 3-1 win.
The result drops Boussu down to 14th place in the 18-team division, three points above the drop zone. They next host struggling pre-season division favorites RSC Charleroi on Sunday.
Tristan Bowen missed KSV Roeselare's 2-1 road loss to United Overpelt-Lommel on Saturday due to injury.
Devann Yao's new team Boussu Dour Borinage dropped closer to the relegation zone with their 3-1 home loss to White Star Woluwe on Sunday.