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Suárez hat-trick ensures searing start by Anderlecht

Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 23.00CET
RSC Anderlecht 4-1 AEK Athens FC
A show of devastating attacking play typified by Matías Suárez's hat-trick ensured Ariël Jacobs' side enjoyed the perfect opening night.
Suárez hat-trick ensures searing start by Anderlecht
Milan Jovanović (right) is congratulated after scoring Anderlecht's second ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AnderlechtAEK

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners3
 
3
Offsides1
 
8
Fouls committed14
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 23.00CET

Suárez hat-trick ensures searing start by Anderlecht

RSC Anderlecht 4-1 AEK Athens FC
A show of devastating attacking play typified by Matías Suárez's hat-trick ensured Ariël Jacobs' side enjoyed the perfect opening night.

An electric first-half display was enough for RSC Anderlecht to open their Group L account in style.

Up against an AEK Athens FC side yet to start their domestic campaign, Anderlecht raced into a comfortable lead through Matías Suárez and Milan Jovanović. Though Leonardo trumped them both with the goal of the night soon after, Suárez swiftly added a scorcher of his own to ensure the Mauves et Blancs could enjoy a trouble-free second half. AEK's frustration was compounded by the 77th-minute dismissal of Kostas Manolas before Suárez completed his hat-trick to salt their wounds.

Suárez led from the front as Anderlecht went about proving their attacking menace remains intact despite Romelu Lukaku's summer departure. The hosts' No9 began by showing tremendous wherewithal to finish from the floor having raced on to Fernando's through ball only to be grounded under the pressure of a retreating defender.

Jovanović added a second just after the half-hour, finishing with a well-placed header after Dimitris Konstantopoulos's free-kick had left his defence back-pedalling.

Leonardo was firmly on the front foot nine minutes from half-time, however, halving AEK's arrears with a splendid effort which started in his own half, was punctuated by a searing run past two defenders and finished with a curled shot beyond Silvio Proto. Suárez soon responded in kind, though, cutting in from the left and unleashing a fierce shot past Konstantopoulos to restore his team's two-goal cushion.

Two would have been three seven minutes into the second half had Fernando, profiting from Jovanović's neat lay-off, returned the favour rather than shooting tamely at Konstantopoulos. Already further deflated by Manolas's red card, AEK found their misery complete when Sacha Kljestan pounced on loose play by the visitors deep inside their own half and played in Suárez, who checked back inside and finished with aplomb.

Last updated: 17/09/11 0.14CET

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Lineups

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Anderlecht

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AEK

1
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
23
KonstantopoulosDimitris Konstantopoulos (GK)
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
4
ManolasKostas Manolas
Yellow Card58
Red Card77
5
BigliaLucas Biglia (C)
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
9
SuárezMatías Suárez
Goal16
Goal40
Goal84
Substitution85
9
LeonardoLeonardo
Goal36
Substitution71
11
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Goal33
Yellow Card77
Substitution80
15
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
16
KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
Substitution85
19
LagosPanagiotis Lagos
Substitution46
19
KljestanSacha Kljestan
21
VargasFabián Vargas
Yellow Card41
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
Yellow Card21
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
27
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
31
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
30
GilletGuillaume Gillet
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos (C)
Substitution57
55
Fernando CanesinFernando Canesin
90
GentzoglouSavvas Gentzoglou

Substitutes

22
SchollenDavy Schollen (GK)
99
ArabatzisGiannis Arabatzis (GK)
8
OdoiDenis Odoi
2
KontoesGiannis Kontoes
10
KanuKanu
6
CalaCala
17
YakovenkoOlexandr Yakovenko
Substitution80
7
GuerreiroRoger Guerreiro
18
MarečekLukáš Mareček
8
BeleckSteve Leo Beleck
Substitution57
20
SafariBehrang Safari
Substitution85
10
José CarlosJosé Carlos
Substitution46
21
De SutterTom De Sutter
Substitution85
11
SialmasDimitris Sialmas
Substitution71

Coach

Ariël Jacobs (BEL) Manuel Jiménez (ESP)

Referee

Carlos Gómez (ESP)

Assistant referees

Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP), Luis Martinez (ESP)

Fourth official

José Gonzalez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Fernando Teixeira (ESP), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

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