Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

Belgium: Brugge denied as Anderlecht scrape draw (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on August 29, 2011

The first classic of the season took place in the Belgian Jupiler League this weekend with Club Brugge and Anderlecht fighting it out on Matchday 5 of the 2011-12 campaign.

Despite being reduced to ten men in the 74th minute when goalkeeper Colin Coosemans was sent off for a second bookable offence it was the Flanders side who took the lead with just five minutes remaining after Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe struck from the penalty spot. This was all the more remarkable given that Anderlecht had missed two earlier spot kicks and it seemed that the luck would ultimately be enjoyed by Brugge in front of their home supporters. However their joy would be short-lived as record champions Anderlecht struck in stoppage time after Milan Jovanović, signed from Liverpool FC in the pre-season, turned the ball home from close range to give his side a share of the points.

The draw denied Club Brugge top spot as they now lie in fourth place just one point behind joint leaders Gent, Cercle Brugge and KV Mechelen, all of whom have ten points each. Anderlecht, meanwhile, are a point further back but lie as far down as eighth place due to clubs such as Kortrijk and Standard Liege having a better goal difference.

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