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TNS tamed by Anderlecht

Published: Tuesday 27 July 2010, 23.00CET
The New Saints FC 1-3 RSC Anderlecht
Goals from Sacha Kljestan, Jonathan Legear and Matías Suárez have left the Welsh champions with plenty of work to do in the second leg.
by Nick Aitken
from The Racecourse Ground
TNS tamed by Anderlecht
Matías Suárez scored Anderlecht's third against TNS ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TNSAnderlecht

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
8
Corners3
 
2
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
6
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 27 July 2010, 23.00CET

TNS tamed by Anderlecht

The New Saints FC 1-3 RSC Anderlecht
Goals from Sacha Kljestan, Jonathan Legear and Matías Suárez have left the Welsh champions with plenty of work to do in the second leg.

RSC Anderlecht brought The New Saints FC back down to earth with a 3-1 win in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie in Wrexham.

TNS had progressed courtesy of a second-phase win against Bohemian FC, but now face an uphill struggle to extend their campaign when they go to Belgium next week. Sacha Kljestan and Jonathan Legear gave Anderlecht a 2-0 lead within 18 minutes and though Craig Jones pulled one back after half-time, Matías Suárez restored Anderlecht's two-goal cushion with 17 minutes remaining.

Indeed, Ariël Jacobs' side had twice gone close six minutes in through Mbark Boussoufa and captain Olivier Deschacht, the latter denied by the bar. They only had to wait only 60 seconds longer to take the lead, though, Suárez pouncing on a defensive lapse and crossing for Kljestan to turn in at the back post. Boussoufa was again in the midst for Anderlecht's second, Legear the man to benefit from a neat interchange of passes to fire in off the woodwork.

Steve Evans and Jones both had chances to pull one back around the half-hour mark but it was not until seven minutes after the break that the Welsh champions did halve their arrears. Scott Ruscoe picked out Jones and the lively winger guided a neat shot inside the near post. The home side's good work was soon undone, however,  Suárez heading Legear's free-kick past Paul Harrison to put his side firmly in pole position to reach the play-offs.

Last updated: 28/07/10 0.10CET

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Lineups

tns

TNS

anderlecht

Anderlecht

1
HarrisonPaul Harrison (GK)
1
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
2
D. HolmesDanny Holmes
2
MazuchOndřej Mazuch
Substitution83
3
MarriottChris Marriott
Substitution21
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht (C)
4
BakerPhil Baker
5
BigliaLucas Biglia
5
EvansSteve Evans (C)
9
SuárezMatías Suárez
Goal73
Substitution76
7
RuscoeScott Ruscoe
11
BoussoufaMbark Boussoufa
Yellow Card64
8
HoganBarry Hogan
13
LegearJonathan Legear
Goal18
9
SharpChris Sharp
Substitution84
16
KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
10
WilliamsMatthew Williams
19
KljestanSacha Kljestan
Goal7
Substitution87
14
JonesCraig Jones
Goal52
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
99
BerkeleyMatthew Berkeley
Substitution78
30
GilletGuillaume Gillet

Substitutes

33
S. WilliamsSimon Williams (GK)
22
SchollenDavy Schollen (GK)
6
HolmesTommy Holmes
Substitution21
7
LecjaksJan Lecjaks
Substitution83
12
SeargeantChristian Seargeant
Substitution78
10
KanuKanu
Substitution87
17
McKennaJohn McKenna
12
ChatelleThomas Chatelle
18
WoodJamie Wood
18
MarečekLukáš Mareček
20
DarlingtonAlex Darlington
Substitution84
21
De SutterTom De Sutter
Substitution76
23
A. EdwardsAeron Edwards
44
RnićNemanja Rnić

Coach

Michael Davies (WAL) Ariël Jacobs (BEL)

Referee

Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Assistant referees

Andrej Kokolj (SVN), Robert Zirnstein (SVN)

Fourth official

Peter Sart (SVN)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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