Again no victory for Anderlecht. The Purple & White also played weak football in KV Mechelen, but seemed to take three points thanks to a goal from substitute Vazquez. Until KV Mechelen got a cheap penalty in the end and Hairemans made it 2-2. Due to the loss of points, the gap with Union is already 10 points.
KV Mechelen had to do without Rob Schoofs today, the metronome of the Mechelen midfield suffered from a fever.
Malinwa was blown away in the opening phase by a fresh Anderlecht, who deservedly took the lead. Thorgan Hazard was outlawed on a rehearsed corner kick and pushed the ball past Gaëtan Coucke into the goal.
After the goal, the purple and white pressure subsided somewhat, allowing Mechelen to get into the match. Elias Cobbaut scored against his former club, but was offside.
Although the football was less at Anderlecht, the Brussels team should have been 0-2 at half time. Théo Leoni aimed weakly at a defender, Hazard incomprehensibly kicked wide.
Besnik Hasi put its troops on edge for the second half, and Anderlecht continued to sleep.
Patris was passed several times by the young Bill Antonio, who ultimately took full advantage. His clever shot went in over the corner via the post.
Just when you got the feeling that Malinwa was about to go over, Anderlecht struck mercilessly. Vazquez, who had come to replace an invisible Dolberg, was in the right place in a pinball phase and headed the Purple & White into the lead again.
However, the home team did not give up, Schmeichel had a good reaction to a header from Bates.
However, the sting was still in his tail, because Pflücke went to the ground very quickly after a duel in which Stroeykens made himself wide. Referee De Cremer thought it was enough for a penalty, Hairemans did not fail from the spot.
At the very end, Hazard seemed to give Anderlecht the full spoils, but Coucke still had a great reflex to keep a point home.
Anderlecht was not satisfied with the match management, but should certainly look at itself. Due to the new purple-white loss of points, Union has already lost 10 points, KV Mechelen is one step closer to retaining their position.