Anderlecht suffer humiliating defeat

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Anderlecht haven't exactly convinced their fans so far this season.

20 October 2008

Anderlecht have suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat away at Zulte Waregem and are no longer co-leaders in the Belgian football league. Club Brugge did not impress either, but still won the Bruges derby against Cercle, 3-1.

Anderlecht haven't exactly convinced their fans so far this season but regularly have managed to sneak three points. Against a highly motivated Zulte Waregem, coached by Francky Dury, Anderlecht did not escape this time.

 A first-half goal by Mbaye Leye and second-half goals by Thomas Matton, Kevin Roelandts and Andrea Mutombo, who used to play for Anderlecht's youth team, resulted in a shock defeat for Anderlecht.

Zulte-Waregem played quicker and were more alert, while Anderlecht's defence was not at its best.

"Our game was not aggressive enough," Anderlecht playmaker Mbark Boussoufa told reporters. Francky Dury was triumphant: "We really needed something like this to lift our spirits. With a bit of luck, it could have been 5-0 or 6-0."

Club Brugge ready for a busy week

Club Brugge had to wait a long time to pull away from Cercle Brugge, but late goals by winger Nabil Dirar (74th minute) and defender Antolin Alcaraz  eventually earned them a 3-1 victory.

Club Brugge are now second, 2 points behind league leaders Standard de Liège, but still have a game in hand against... Zulte Waregem.

Club Brugge's defence did not have its best day. Cercle Brugge scored only once before the break, through Oleg Iachtchouk, but it could have 0-2 or 0-3.

Cercle coach Glen De Boeck said that Club Brugge did not deserve the win. "Until the 65th minute, Cercle dominated play. Club Brugge was just a bit more more efficient and had some more luck."

Club Brugge coach Jacky Mathijssen was relieved. "I admit that Cercle were the better team before the break. But we never panicked and took over in the final part of the match."

Club Brugge are facing a busy week with a UEFA Cup tie away at Norway's Rosenborg on Thursday and an away match at AA Gent in the domestic competition on Sunday.

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