0-3 GOAL by Mario Stroeykens!
Second half kicked off
No substitutions during the break. Can Cercle Brugge still make a stand? Or will Anderlecht hand the Association a second home defeat?
End of first half
Five minutes of added time
The VAR checks for Debast’s card and for the two goals resulted in five extra minutes at the end of the first half.
VAR: GOAL confirmed
Now the check in Tubize takes longer, but VAR Lawrence Visser again indicates that there is no offside. Anderlecht has a double lead.
0-2 GOAL by Anders Dreyer!
Anderlecht once again set up a strong action through the Bruges defense, once again initiated by Hazard and now laid out in front of Dreyer by Dolberg. Warleson has to turn around again, but again the edge is offside and a VAR check follows.
VAR: GOAL confirmed
Offside was briefly considered, but Siquet canceled that.
0-1 GOAL by Kasper Dolberg!
Hazard dribbles the Cercle defense madly, loses the ball but takes it out of Nazinho’s foot and taps through to Dolberg. The Dane does not miss the opportunity and gives Anderlecht the lead.
Hazard on the post
Anderlecht comes close to taking the lead. Hazard throws the ball over his opponent and then curls against the post.
Yellow card for Mats Rits
Denkey and Hazard kicked
Denkey’s ankles are strummed again, this time by Rits. A little later Hazard goes down after a late tackle by Gboho. The party is becoming more bitter.
Schmeichel takes Denkey’s shot out of the corner
Denkey can still connect between a forest of legs. Schmeichel has to take the ball out of the corner with a diving dive. Father Peter Schmeichel likes to see it happen from the stands.
VAR: Red card denied
Yellow card for Zeno Debast
The Red Devil kicks top scorer Denkey on the Achilles tendon. Yellow, but VAR Lawrence Visser calls ref Boterberg to the screen. The ref stands by his judgement. No red.
Warleson takes Hazard’s slider
After Stroeykens hit Warleson’s fists, the Brazilian Cercle goalie had to lie down to block Thorgan Hazard’s diagonal shot. He does that in two times.
Yellow card for Ludwig Augustinsson
Augustinsson goes down over Siquet’s leg, but to his surprise he gets a yellow card himself. Schwalbe, says Boterberg.
Olaigbe puts Schmeichel to work
Olaigbe, trained at Anderlecht, puts Kasper Schmeichel to work for the first time with a shot from outside the sixteen. The Dane dives well to the corner.
Delaney misses an open chance
Daland half-passes a submission from Sardella. Delaney is surprised that the ball falls in front of his foot and kicks the open opportunity wide of the intersection.
Denkey’s header goes wide
First (timid) attempt by the home team. Lemaréchal takes the lead, Denkey heads wide.
First half kicked off
Anderlecht forced a corner kick in the first minute, but it yielded no results.