MICHAEL ADUBATO - Sunday, December 6, 2020
Matt Miazga continued anchoring the Anderlecht defense while Chris Durkin came on as a second-half sub for Sint Truiden in weekend Belgian action.
Zulte-Waregem 2 - 2 Anderlecht
Anderlecht came from behind but in the end blew the three points. Matt Miazga was there for les Mauves in the heart of the defense and went the full 90 minutes Regenboog Stadium in Waregem on Friday night.
The hosts got off to a very quick start on this chilly Flemish night when Ibrahima Seck struck after just eight minutes. The cross into the box delivered by Bassem Srarfi, was headed in by the Senegalese as he out jumped the Anderlecht defense. It could have been 2-0 a minute later but Gianni Bruno headed wide from close range.
In fact, the first 15 minutes belonged to the hosts as their visitors were finding it hard to get into the game. When they did, however, they held up the ball nicely and dominated possession but could do little with it. If Essevee thought that they would go into the locker room for the intermission up a goal, they were sorely mistaken. In the 42nd minute, Manchester City loanee Lukas Nmecha tied things up when he latched onto a long ball from Paul Mukairu and shot it past Louis Bostyn who couldn't keep it out.
With all to play for in the second half, Vincent Kompany's men dominated the ball and struck first when Z-W's defense failed to close down Albert Lokonga and the Belgian U21 took his time and beat Bostyn for a 65th-minute lead.
The hosts had no intentions of rolling over however and soon picked up the pace. Mamadou Dompé came on to the field five minutes later and his presence was immediately felt. He picked up the assist minutes later when he and Bruno played a very impressive one-two which ended with the Belgian striker beating Timon Wellenreuther between the purple sticks, scoring his sixth of the season.
Anderlecht could have when it late however but substitute Francis Amuzu was denied by Bostyn to keep it all square and allow the two sides to share the points. With back-to-back draws, Anderlecht is finding it hard to climb into the top four in the Pro League standings, now sitting in seventh but only a few points off a play-off spot.
Next up will be another Friday night fixture but this time at home in Brussels when they welcome third place Genk to Lotto Park.
Club Brugge scored a 57th-minute goal, which was all they needed to beat visitors, Sint-Truiden. Ethan Horvath remained on the bench for Club but Chris Durkin did get to play 20 minutes for the Canaries in a losing effort.
Next up, the Brugge boys will be in Rome on Tuesday night to take on Lazio in Champions League action before coming back to Belgium and traveling to take on Royal Antwerp. STVV will host Charleroi over the weekend.
Joe Efford did not suit up for Waasland-Beveren's 2-0 victory over last place Excel Mouscron. The win moves the Lions a bit further away from the danger zone as they continue to dig themselves out of the hole they found themselves in earlier in the season. They have picked up 10 points in their last four games.
They'll head to Mechelen for a Sunday night game as they face KV and hope to add to their points tally.
Brendan Hines-Ike and Kortrijk will play their weekend fixture on Monday night as they head into Wallonia to take on Charleroi.