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Anderlecht hold off Zulte Waregem to seal title

Published: Sunday 19 May 2013, 17.47CET
"This is something beautiful," said RSC Anderlecht coach John van den Brom after steering the club to their 32nd Belgian title courtesy of a final-day 1-1 draw against SV Zulte Waregem.
by Berend Scholten
Anderlecht hold off Zulte Waregem to seal title
Lucas Biglia's free-kick secured Anderlecht a title-winning point ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 19 May 2013, 17.47CET

Anderlecht hold off Zulte Waregem to seal title

"This is something beautiful," said RSC Anderlecht coach John van den Brom after steering the club to their 32nd Belgian title courtesy of a final-day 1-1 draw against SV Zulte Waregem.

RSC Anderlecht are celebrating their 32nd Belgian title after a dramatic final-day 1-1 draw with rivals SV Zulte Waregem.

Two points clear of their guests at the start of play, Les Mauves needed to avoid defeat to clinch the championship. A sold-out Constant Vanden Stock Stadium had to endure a nervy afternoon, with Bram Nuytinck's header bouncing back off a post, and Thorgan Hazard sending a free-kick centimetres wide for the visitors.

Zulte Waregem grew in confidence after the interval and stunned the home crowd when Jens Naessens' header made Silvio Proto's net bulge following a neat combination between Hazard and Mbaye Leye. The response from John van den Brom's side was immediate, however, as Lucas Biglia's free-kick deflected in off Leye.

Optimism turned to uncertainty when Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyaté was dismissed for a foul on Naessens, and a tortuous final few minutes followed before their title was confirmed. "I have never won the championship as a coach so this is something beautiful," said Van den Brom, whose team will take their place in next season's UEFA Champions League. "It was a difficult game and Zulte Waregem played very well."

Last updated: 20/05/13 2.01CET

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