No Vertonghen and no party either

No Vertonghen and no party either
No Vertonghen and no party either

The transfer window may have been closed in the major European competitions since last night, but due to a trick of the Pro League, the transfer fever in Belgium can continue until September 6. At least in theory, because in practice the European teams should have done their homework today. The Uefa expects the official player lists for participation in the Champions League (Club Brugge), Europa League (Union) and Conference League (AA Gent and Anderlecht).

Those last two teams faced each other yesterday in what is always a prestige match for Ghent coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck. Both teams also needed points, after defeats against Union (Anderlecht) and against Antwerp (AA Gent).

The Anderlecht fans had come to the Lotto Park with great excitement. In the morning, Jan Vertonghen had set foot on Belgian soil, and throughout the day, camera crews followed him on his way to the UZ in Ghent, where he took medical tests, and the training center in Neerpede, where he spoke with Anderlecht chairman Wouter Vandenhaute, among others. . But who would have thought that the Belgian record international was presented as a trophy on the turf in the evening, it was worth the effort. Vertonghen had already had a long day. His transition will be completed today without incident.

Anyone who saw Anderlecht in action wonders whether the Purple & White needed a third left-footed defender

The offered game also failed to put the fire in the pan. Anderlecht did have the ball, but played slowly and with too little urgency. After a rare combination with Francis Amuzu and Lior Refaelov, Fabio Silva forced a corner. From there, Hannes Delcroix hit the outside of the post. On the right side, Amir Murillo, one of the few active Anderlecht players, went wide.

AA Gent was not much braver than the home team. Only when Sven Kums made the bar vibrate was goalkeeper Hendrik Van Crombrugge shaken awake. Laurent Depoitre scored from the rebound, but his principal Andrew Hjulsager was offside.

VAR is now favorable

Anderlecht tried to recover in the second half, but kept fighting with the ball. Murillo found Refaelov, who unsuccessfully tried to outwit Davy Roef with a marker.

On the other side, Korean Hyun-seok Hong claimed not one but two penalties. First for hands by Marco Kana, then for a foul by Amuzu. Var referee Lothar D’Hondt called his colleague Erik Lambrechts to the screen; he put the ball on the spot. Last Sunday AA Gent had screamed bloody murder for a ‘VAR conspiracy’, this time the video referee was kind to the Buffalos. Hugo Cuypers converted the penalty.

There was no reaction from Anderlecht. The substitutions did not improve either. Anyone who saw the Purple & White in action wonders whether the team needed a third left-footed central defender, or an effective attacker. Fabio Silva stayed on the field for 90 minutes without convincing. Substitutes Benito Raman and Sebastiano Esposito did not do that either. Perhaps Jan Vertonghen was right to stay at home for a while.

Anderlecht-AA Gent 0-1

Goal: 69′ Hugo Cuypers (pen.) 0-1

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