The Belgian Cup has reached the stage of the last 32. Yesterday, no first-division clubs were stunned by teams from a lower level, though one of the top-flight teams came close to being eliminated: Anderlecht needed extra time to take it 2-3 at second-division club Beerschot.
It was a real confidence booster for Anderlecht, who have been in dire straits from the start of the season. Manager Vincent Kompany's new approach is taking time, more time than he had wanted, and last weekend's loss at rivals Club Brugge did not go down very well.
A Cup success was exactly what Kompany and his youngsters needed. "After Club Brugge I was very angry because we didn't play our football (technical football with lots of combinations). At Beerschot, we played our football, at least."
Kompany himself started the game on the pitch, but sustained a new injury. While this didn't help Anderlecht, the Brussels club were helped by the fact that Beerschot were reduced to 10 men in the second half.
In other action, last season's Cup finalists KAA Gent whipped Eendracht Aalst (amateur division) 0-4 in Aalst, while Club Brugge waited a long time to score at Francs Borains (amateur) to win 0-3 in the end.