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Alex fires Fenerbahçe to victory

Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.21CET
Fenerbahçe SK 1-0 RSC Anderlecht A goal made by Marco Aurélio and scored by his Brazilian team-mate Alex gave the Turkish title-holders the edge.
by Yakir Mizrahi
from Istanbul

Match statistics

FenerbahçeAnderlecht

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.21CET

Alex fires Fenerbahçe to victory

Fenerbahçe SK 1-0 RSC Anderlecht A goal made by Marco Aurélio and scored by his Brazilian team-mate Alex gave the Turkish title-holders the edge.

Turkish champions Fenerbahçe SK put their loss on the opening day of the league season behind them to defeat RSC Anderlecht 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round and gain a slight advantage going into the second leg.

Fenerbahçe happy
Beaten by Istanbul BB SK last Friday, Fenerbahçe enjoyed a happier night as they edged their meeting with Anderlecht thanks to a solitary goal just after the half-hour by Alex. However, the Belgian title-holders will still be hopeful of turning things around in Brussels on 29 August.

Alex back
Last season's Süper Lig top scorer, Alex, recovered from a groin injury to take his place in the home team's lineup where he was joined by debutant defender Lugano, following his late return from Copa América duties with Uruguay. They seemed to have a positive effect as Fenerbahçe dominated the early stages with Tümer Metin and Mateja Kežman both going close.

Brazilian influence
Mohamed Tchite could not find the target as Anderlecht missed a rare opportunity on eight minutes and Fenerbahçe, who were eliminated at this stage of last term's competition by FC Dynamo Kyiv, finally turned their superiority into a lead on 32 minutes. Made in Brazil, the goal was set up by Marco Aurélio's raid down the left before he crossed for Alex to power in a header.

Anderlecht rally
The second half was a different affair with Anderlecht taking control and putting the hosts under pressure. The side from the Belgian capital, who had finished bottom of their group last time around, went close through Mbark Boussoufa on 52 minutes and then Jan Polák eleven minutes later, yet both found Fenerbahçe goalkeeper Serdar Kulbilge in top form. Anderlecht continued to rally but could not find a way through as the hosts held firm, yet with one goal separating the teams this tie is far from over.

Last updated: 28/08/07 14.41CET

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Lineups

fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe

anderlecht

Anderlecht

36
Edu DracenaEdu Dracena
5
BigliaLucas Biglia
15
Mehmet AurélioMehmet Aurélio
Yellow Card63
11
BoussoufaMbark Boussoufa
Substitution83
24
Deniz BarışDeniz Barış
Substitution70
31
De ManMark De Man
99
DeividDeivid
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
20
AlexAlex (C)
Goal32
Substitution83
14
GoorBart Goor (C)
9
KežmanMateja Kežman
10
HassanAhmed Hassan
Yellow Card81
22
Serdar KulbilgeSerdar Kulbilge (GK)
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
2
LuganoDiego Lugano
7
TchitéMohamed Tchité
Substitution77
11
Tümer MetinTümer Metin
Substitution68
1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
19
Önder TuracıÖnder Turacı
8
PolákJan Polák
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
27
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
Yellow Card72

Substitutes

17
Can AratCan Arat
9
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza
Substitution77
25
BoralUğur Boral
Substitution68
26
ParejaNicolas Pareja
1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
13
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
21
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin
Substitution70
4
Von SchlebrüggeMax von Schlebrügge
18
Ali BilginAli Bilgin
Substitution83
15
ThéréauCyril Théréau
77
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
36
LegearJonathan Legear
Substitution83
6
Gökçek VedersonGökçek Vederson
39
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja

Coach

Zico (BRA) Frank Vercauteren (BEL)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Peter Kirkup (ENG)

Fourth official

Christopher Foy (ENG)

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