MICHAEL ADUBATO - Sunday, August 19, 2012
Sacha Kljestan was given only ten minutes but Anderlecht beat ten-man Mons courtesy of goals by Milan Jovanovic and Sacha Iakovenko in Belgian Pro League action.
It was third time lucky for Anderlecht as they finally beat RAEC Mons since their return to the top division with a hard fought game in the baking Belgian sun on Saturday evening.
Dieumerci Mbokani was Anderlecht's most inspiration player but he was unable to break the deadlock in a game where Mons made the Belgian champions look ordinary. It took the former Liverpool man, Jovanovic to finally take the lead a couple minutes before the intermission. The Serbian was set up for the strike by Tom De Sutter.
Mons got on the scoreboard in the 56th minute as they put together a nice game of keep-away until finally Mustapha Jarju pulled the trigger and beat Silvio Proto in les Mauves goal. The celebrations were short lived however when, a minute later, Anderlecht charged down the other end and Mbokani was played through the middle. As he made it into the 18 yard box, defender Jerermy Sapina made too much contact and the Congolese tumbled to the ground. Sapina then made the slow walk back to the locker room, having been shown a straight red card.
For the fourth time however in as many games Anderlecht was unable to convert from the spot. This time it was Polish intenational Marcin Wasilewski who set the ball on the spot and duly whacked the ball into the arms of Olivier Warner.
Even with ten men the Dragons had no desire to defend and play for a point. The game was wide open with chances at borth ends. Les Mauves' hard work eventually paid off in the 69th minute when substitute Iakovenko got his head on a cross and finally beat Werner.
Mons however fought until the very end and the victory wasn't guaranteed until the final whistle. Kljestan did come on in the 81st minute to help steady the ship and played well in his cameo.
The Brussels team drops to second place behind Club Brugge. Both teams are on 10 points but Brugge has scored a few more goals to take the top spot.
Next up for Anderlecht will be AEL Limassol FC on Wednesday in Brussels as they look to secure passage to the group stages of the Champions League.