A game of two halves

In what was dubbed top of the bill in Play-off I of the Belgian First Division, Sunday evening’s match between Sporting Anderlecht and Club Brugge was, to use a well-worn cliché, a game of two halves.

The first half saw Club Brugge in the driving seat with the visitors enjoying the lion’s share of the chances.

Gudjohnsen, Bacca and Lestienne all had opportunities to put the boys in blue and black in front. It was only going to be a matter of time before the West Flemings went one up.

In the end it was Bacca’s shot that was deflected into goal by Anderlecht’s Denis Odoi to make it 1-0 to Club Brugge on 28 minutes (photo).

Things went from bad to worse for Odoi three minutes later when he was given his marching orders for a foul on Bacca just outside the box.

Down to ten men, Anderlecht spent the rest of the first half defending a Club Brugge onslaught, luckily for them, the visitors were unable to widen the score and the half ended 1-0 to Club Brugge.

The second half saw a much sharper Anderlecht that despite being a man down took control of the game. Substitute De Sutter saw his chance blocked by Kujovic.

However, the resulting corner was enough to give Golden Boot Dieumerci Mbokani all the ammunition he needed to bring Sporting level on the hour.

It was ten against ten during the last ten minutes of the game when Laurens De Bock was sent off for his second bookable offence of the game. Anderlecht continued to push forward but was unable to find the back of the net. The match ended 1-1.

The Play-off I table

1. RSC Anderlecht - 36
2. Racing Genk - 35
3. Zulte Waregem - 34
4. Standard de Liège - 32
5. Club Brugge - 31
6. Sporting Lokeren - 27