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Anderlecht complete mission improbable at AEK's expense

Published: Thursday 16 December 2010, 22.55CET
RSC Anderlecht 2-0 HNK Hajduk Split
Staring down the barrel, Anderlecht kept their side of the bargain to pounce on AEK Athens FC's slip and finish second in Group G.
Anderlecht complete mission improbable at AEK's expense
Ivan Strinić (left) chases Anderlecht's Guillaume Gillet ©AFP

Match statistics

AnderlechtHajduk Split

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target10
 
4
Corners7
 
7
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
20
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 December 2010, 22.55CET

Anderlecht complete mission improbable at AEK's expense

RSC Anderlecht 2-0 HNK Hajduk Split
Staring down the barrel, Anderlecht kept their side of the bargain to pounce on AEK Athens FC's slip and finish second in Group G.

RSC Anderlecht won 2-0 at home against HNK Hajduk Split to tiptoe into second place in UEFA Europa League Group G and secure an unlikely place in the round of 32.

Though Ariël Jacobs' team kept their side of the bargain with minimal fuss thanks to Tom De Sutter's 12th-minute opener and Matías Suárez's soother, their fate was not in their own hands. AEK Athens FC had a three-point cushion over the Belgian outfit but lost 3-0 against section winners FC Zenit St Petersburg, allowing Anderlecht to sneak in via their superior head-to-head record.

With such a simple win-or-bust remit,  the hosts could have been forgiven for going gung-ho from the off. Reckless they were not, though, showing admirable early patience to suck the life out of Hajduk, restricting them to just Dinko Trebotić's wayward shot.

Their rewards came early, De Sutter latching on to Silvio Proto's long clearance, holding off Matej Jonjić and finishing calmly off Božidar Radošević's right-hand post. De Sutter may have been at the fore of Anderlecht's hunt for a second, twice firing narrowly wide, but it was his strike partner who stepped up four minutes before half-time. Having cut in from the right and beaten two defenders, Suárez curled delightfully beyond Radošević with the outside of his foot, and the good news kept on coming – Zenit were ahead in Athens.

Though Roland Juhász's header drifted over the bar and Guillaume Gillet's shot also failed to sneak under the frame of Radošević's goal, jangling nerves were replaced by buoyant voices midway through the second half at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. With Zenit now two to the good, Suárez's snatched effort mattered not. Proto got down smartly late on to deny Ante Vukušić and preserve a clean sheet on a perfect night for Anderlecht.

Last updated: 18/12/10 0.10CET

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Lineups

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Anderlecht

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Hajduk Split

1
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
25
RadoševićBožidar Radošević (GK)
2
MazuchOndřej Mazuch
5
BuljatJurica Buljat
7
LecjaksJan Lecjaks
7
VejićHrvoje Vejić
Yellow Card73
8
PolákJan Polák
10
IbričićSenijad Ibričić
Substitution60
9
SuárezMatías Suárez
Goal41
11
AndrićSrdjan Andrić (C)
11
BoussoufaMbark Boussoufa (C)
13
VukušićAnte Vukušić
13
LegearJonathan Legear
Substitution75
16
JozinovićGoran Jozinović
Substitution60
19
KljestanSacha Kljestan
17
StrinićIvan Strinić
Yellow Card64
21
De SutterTom De Sutter
Goal12
Substitution84
18
OremušMirko Oremuš
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
27
JonjićMatej Jonjić
30
GilletGuillaume Gillet
30
TrebotićDinko Trebotić
Substitution78

Substitutes

28
CordierMichaël Cordier (GK)
12
KalinićLovre Kalinić (GK)
10
KanuKanu
4
M. LjubičićMarin Ljubičić
Substitution60
14
LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Substitution84
14
Tomasov Marin Tomasov
Substitution60
18
MarečekLukáš Mareček
Substitution75
26
AndrijaševićFranko Andrijašević
Substitution78
26
BernárdezVíctor Bernárdez
88
BulkuErvin Bulku
32
DiandyCristophe Diandy
44
RnićNemanja Rnić

Coach

Ariël Jacobs (BEL) Goran Vučević (CRO)

Referee

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Henrik Andren (SWE), Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)

Fourth official

Johan Hamlin (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE), Magnus Ahlsèn (SWE)

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