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AEL secure famous win at Anderlecht's expense

Published: Wednesday 22 August 2012, 22.55CET
AEL Limassol FC 2-1 RSC Anderlecht
The Cypriot champions continued to follow in the footsteps of APOEL FC from last season with a narrow first-leg victory in Nicosia.
by Sam Crompton
AEL secure famous win at Anderlecht's expense
AEL celebrate after scoring against Anderlecht ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

AELAnderlecht

Goals scored2
 
1
on target6
 
8
off target4
 
4
Corners4
 
3
Offsides5
 
3
Fouls committed23
 
15
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 22 August 2012, 22.55CET

AEL secure famous win at Anderlecht's expense

AEL Limassol FC 2-1 RSC Anderlecht
The Cypriot champions continued to follow in the footsteps of APOEL FC from last season with a narrow first-leg victory in Nicosia.

AEL Limassol FC eked out a narrow advantage against RSC Anderlecht in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off.

APOEL FC had defied the odds last season to set a new precedent for Cypriot success in Europe. Perhaps taking inspiration from their domestic rivals, AEL went about their task with great application and took the lead courtesy of Dosa Júnior's 34th-minute header. Dieudonné Mbokani's equaliser 17 minutes after the break pegged them back, but ten minutes later a shot from substitute Rui Miguel went in off goalkeeper Silvio Proto to give AEL a lead to take to Belgium.

The hosts' intentions were clear in the opening exchanges with an emphasis on short, probing passing, while Anderlecht formed a formidable defensive shape, preferring to play on the counter. AEL's approach came close to paying off, Luciano Bebê pushing down the right and sliding a sumptuous centre into the path of Edmar, who dummied before firing straight at the advancing Proto.

Sharp and intuitive in possession, the visitors began to wrest back the initiative, until a momentary defensive lapse paved the way for AEL's opener. Bebê was the creator, whipping an inviting corner into the path of the unmarked Júnior, who planted a thunderous header beyond Proto.

The visitors emerged after the break with renewed vigour, determined to make up for lost time after a two-year absence from the competition. Full-back Denis Odoi led the charge, picking out Milan Jovanović with a glorious crossfield pass, but the Serbian international directed a powerful effort into the side netting with the goal at his mercy.

Refusing to relent, John van den Brom's side tightened their grip with a series of beautifully-crafted moves, one of which finally conjured a goal. A peripheral figure for much of the match, Mbokani suddenly burst to life, linking with Kanu and creating space on the edge of the area with a flicked touch before finding the net with a sublime finish.

The Cypriot champions responded emphatically. Edmar was the catalyst, twisting and turning before teeing up Rui Miguel, whose venomous strike proved too hot for Proto to handle and squirmed in off post and goalkeeper. Anderlect rallied, but their efforts to restore parity proved in vain as Guillaume Gillet sent a low shot just wide. 

Last updated: 24/08/12 0.04CET

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Lineups

ael

AEL

anderlecht

Anderlecht

32
DegraMatias Degra (GK)
1
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
2
Dossa JúniorDossa Júnior
Goal34
Yellow Card37
5
BigliaLucas Biglia (C)
11
EdmarEdmar
Substitution85
8
OdoiDenis Odoi
12
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou (C)
Yellow Card41
10
KanuKanu
17
Paulo SérgioPaulo Sérgio
Substitution65
11
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Yellow Card67
Substitution74
Red Card75
20
Luciano BebêLuciano Bebê
Yellow Card40
Substitution50
16
KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
21
Marcos AirosaMarcos Airosa
19
KljestanSacha Kljestan
23
CarlitosCarlitos
20
SafariBehrang Safari
Yellow Card70
29
OuonEdwin Ouon
25
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
Goal62
Yellow Card83
77
DédéDédé
27
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
99
VouhoVouho
30
GilletGuillaume Gillet

Substitutes

22
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
13
KaminskiThomas Kaminski (GK)
3
MaykonMaykon
17
YakovenkoOlexandr Yakovenko
Substitution74
5
ParpasStelios Parpas
21
De SutterTom De Sutter
10
Rui MiguelRui Miguel
Substitution50
Goal72
Yellow Card81
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
26
PraetDennis Praet
70
GilbertoGilberto
Substitution85
45
BrunoMassimo Bruno
84
DicksonChris Dickson
Substitution65
55
Fernando CanesinFernando Canesin

Coach

Pambos Christodoulou (CYP) John van den Brom (NED)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Igor Radojčić (SRB)

Fourth official

Vladimir Jovanović (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Milenko Vukadinović (SRB), Miodrag Gogić (SRB)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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