MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, September 30, 2013
Anderlecht came away as 2-0 winners on Sunday afternoon against Lierse, thanks to a goal apiece from Dennis Praet and Guillaume Gillet.
Sacha Kljestan went the distance for the Belgian champions who managed to recover from last week's 4-0 humiliating loss to Club Brugge by putting a pair of second half goals past Nathan Goris in the Lierse goal.
Anderlecht's coach John van den Brom put in a strong team after resting some players, such as Kljestan for the midweek Belgian Cup game which they won with ease 7-0, against lower league Eupen.
The first half of the game saw very few scoring chances from either side, although Franck Achampong had a decent chance for les Mauves but his lazy shot lacked any conviction. For Lierse, Anthony Watt, on loan from Glasgow Celtic, tried his luck at the other end but Silvio Proto turned that chance away.
Things heated up in the second half and 20 minutes after the re-start, Goris was picking the ball out of the back of his net, after he turned away very good chances from Massimo Bruno and Yuri Tielemans. The net bender came from Anderlecht's captain, Gillet as young Bruno collected the assist.
Six minutes from time the game was put to bed when Tielmans fed Bruno up the right wing and the young Belgian picked out Praet in the box who slipped the ball into Lierse's goal.
Next up for the Belgian champions will be their Champions League contest against Greek side Olympiacos. They will then return back to league action next Sunday afternoon, again at home, against Kortrijk. The Flemish team currently sits in seventh place, as Anderlecht holds down the fourth spot.