Last minute goal saves Anderlecht’s blushes

The clash of the Titans between Club Brugge and Sporting Anderlecht ended in a one-all draw after Milan Jovanovic scored an equaliser with what was almost the last ball of the match. Although the match was not short of excitement, it had remained goalless until Odjidja put Club one-up 5 minutes from time. Club Brugge went down to ten men after their goalkeeper Coosemans was sent off on 75 minutes. Earlier Coosemans had been the hero of the hour when he saved a first half penalty from Jovanovic.

The opening stage of the match saw both teams go on the attack.

Vleminckx headed just over for Club on three minutes. At the other end Club Brugge’s Hoefkens caught Jovanovic’s shins inside the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

However, Jovanovic's penalty was easily saved by Coosemans and the score remained 0-0.

There were few if any real chances during the rest of what was at times an ill-tempered first half. Club had a couple of good chances early in the second half.

Lestienne’s shot went just wide and Vazquez’s effort also missed by inches. Anderlecht was given a great chance to go one-up when Coosemans brought down Cassin inside the box.

The Club Brugge keeper was given a red card (photo) and Anderlecht a second penalty of the afternoon.

17-year-old Sven Dhoest became the hero of the Club Brugge faithful when like Coosemans in the first half, he saved the penalty.

This time it was Kljestan that failed to score from the penalty spot.

Ten minutes later it was Club Brugge’s turn to take a spot kick after Anderlecht’s Gillet brought down De Jonghe inside the penalty area.

Odjidja showed Anderlecht how it should be done and it was 1-0 to Club. Victory would have assured Club Brugge of the top spot in the Belgian First Division.

However, it was not be and a Jovanovic equaliser in the dying seconds of the game made for a final score of 1-1. Club Brugge is now joint 4th with 9 points from 5 games.

Anderlecht is joint 6th with 8 points, although this could change if Standard de Liège beats Beerschot AC in this evening’s final match of the weekend.

On Sunday evening Beerschot held Standard de Liège to a 1 - 1 draw at home. Standard are now seventh in the league, two points behind leaders AA Gent, Cercle Brugge and KV Mechelen.

Club Brugge is fourth with Anderlecht eighth.

Standard fans chose this match to organise a stay-away to protest against expensive football tickets. During the first half they missed little. Van Damme opened the scoring for the visitors. Malul equalised in the 80th minute.