Anderlecht confronted with "penalty problem"

In football, Anderlecht are 1 of the 3 leaders after 4 days of play. The champions downed RAEC Mons, despite missing another penalty, the 4th this season. Eternal rivals Club Bruges and Zulte Waregem are the other leaders. All 3 have 10 points.
Milan Jovanovic and Kanu (Anderlecht) celebrate.

Anderlecht were level (1-1) until deep into the second half. Would they lose 2 points against modest RAEC Mons, the club of former Belgian international Enzo Scifo, before their home crowd of 21,000 in Brussels?

Anderlecht had thrown away an excellent chance to climb ahead when they were given a penalty, but Marcin Wasilewski missed (photo left). The champions were eventually saved by Oleksandr Iakovenko who made the winning-goal 20 minutes from time (final score: 2-1).

However, the talk of the evening was the missed penalty. Four penalty kicks, four misses, it's becoming a real problem that could start to haunt Anderlecht.

Anderlecht coach John van den Brom said "it's really crazy." "You can make jokes about it, but they won't make me laugh. Due to the consecutive misses, the pressure is building up. You have to know that we end each training session with penalty kicks. "Wasyl" normally shoots them very hard in the upper corners of the goal, but not this time during the game (on training). We have compiled a list with who should take the penalties, but maybe we should just forget about this and let the players decide during the match, on the spot."

Bruges fans unhappy despite a win

Two other clubs share the lead, after picking up 10 points from 4 matches. Club Bruges (photo) beat Beerschot 3-1, although the victory didn't come as easy as the score suggests. Bruges fans even chanted "We willen voetbal zien" (we want to see football), calling on coach Georges Leekens to adopt more offensive tactics and to bring better football.

Zulte Waregem are the big surprise. The West Flemings beat neighbours Kortrijk 2-0 and haven't lost a match this season so far.

In other action, RC Genk lost more precious points after drawing a third time in 4 matches (1-1 at modest Lierse). AA Gent swept aside a looming crisis by winning 0-2 at newcomers Waasland-Beveren. OH Leuven beat Cercle Bruges 3-2, a result that leaves Cercle at the bottom of the table. Cup winners Lokeren downed KV Mechelen 2-1, a confidence boost before going into Europe this week.

In the final match on Sunday, Standard de Liège whipped newly-promoted Sporting Charleroi 6-2 in Charleroi.