The malaise at Anderlecht remains but take. Over the last few weeks showed the recordkampioen of Belgium, the already several times after to take advantage of the puntenverliezen of the competition and also against Cercle Brugge went wrong: The Association knocked the purple-white 2-1. Kylian Hazard played a brilliant match for the home team, while the visitors to Brussels return with 1 on 12.
1 on 9 in the past three races and loss of points at the Club and Antwerp: the mission of Anderlecht was clear right from the kick off in the chilly Jan breydel stadium. It just looked like the defense that in the first few minutes not realizing it. At the first Cercle-attack was the right price. Kylian Hazard had two opportunities to 1-0 in the target process: the second was the touch. Anderlecht had to be forward, but did that simply not. Cercle brought, and as always, positive football, despite the 5-4-1 formation they created much more danger. Didillon saved a cross-shot from Mercier, Cardona stiftte next goal.
Luckily for Anderlecht came to a beautiful goal by Pieter Gerkens on a corner, in a controlled manner to the 1-1 in the farthest corner weglegde with the inside of the foot. Anderlecht came afterwards zoetjesaan better in the contest. After the rest came Elias Cobbaut for Albert Sambi Lokonga, but it went still worse with the recordkampioen. Najar put Hazard down in the sixteen, Bruno missed the penalty.
Cercle had chance on chance. Hazard flirted with the 3-1, but could not against the ropes work. Hein Vanhaezebrouck responded with the debut of Kristian Abazaj. With goals not because the Club was simply the better team. Anderlecht, thanks to the red card of Omolo in minute 84 still have the chance to return the favour, but that was in vain.
For the ailing Anderlecht is the eighteenth defeat of this calendar year. Purple and white fails as again to take advantage of the mistakes of their titelconcurrenten (Antwerp lost yesterday also of Waasland-Beveren as Club Brugge to KV Kortrijk equal was going to play) and will be left with a tight 1 to 12. Anderlecht will share the fourth place with STVV, but keep to just three points at number seven AA Gent. As Racing Genk will win of KV Oostende, has purple-and-white already 11 points behind the match organiser.