Classic final between Anderlecht and Bruges?

Anderlecht are close to reaching the Belgian Cup Final. The Brussels team managed a 0-2 away win at AA Gent in the Cup's semi-finals, after an efficient display at the Ghelamco Arena. Arch rivals Club Bruges had thrashed neighbours Cercle in their semi-final first leg. The second legs take place next week, but Bruges and Anderlecht are the hot favourites to advance. It would be the first final between the two giants of Belgian football since 1994.

Anderlecht coach Besnik Hasi had chosen more defensive tactics against an in-form Ghent side, and after his own team's poor performance last weekend (0-0 against Zulte Waregem). AA Gent could not find an answer to this, and the match was deadlocked in the first half. Still, Anderlecht managed to climb ahead, cashing in on their first chance of the match, as Andy Najar headed home an Ibrahima Conte assist.

AA Gent only just missed the equaliser just after the break as Laurent Depoitre's shot went centimetres wide. Anderlecht proved once again efficient, with winger Anthony Vanden Borre (photo) making it 0-2 on a swift counter-attack. AA Gent kept trying, but it was one of those nights when the ball didn't get in.

AA Gent lost against Anderlecht, just like in the league in early November, when the two battled it out for first place. Critics say that AA Gent once again failed to win a summit match. Meanwhile, Anderlecht remain Ghent's Angstgegner, having not lost any of their previous 26 encounters.