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Anderlecht attack bears Frutos

Published: Sunday 26 March 2006, 22.50CET
European round-up: Two goals from Nicolás Frutos took RSC Anderlecht closer to the Belgian title, while PSV Eindhoven secured a landmark win. features

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Published: Sunday 26 March 2006, 22.50CET

Anderlecht attack bears Frutos

European round-up: Two goals from Nicolás Frutos took RSC Anderlecht closer to the Belgian title, while PSV Eindhoven secured a landmark win.

Club Brugge KV's Belgian title hopes took a severe blow after they lost 2-0 at home to leaders RSC Anderlecht. There is still nothing to choose between the top two in Turkey, but PSV Eindhoven's serene progress in the Netherlands continued. In Greece, Panathinaikos FC and AEK Athens FC kept up their chase of Olympiacos CFP, while there was no change in Portugal after the leading trio all picked up maximum points.

Anderlecht close in
RSC Anderlecht took a major step towards the Belgian First Division title with a 2-0 win away against Club Brugge KV, with both goals coming from Nicolás Frutos. The result badly damaged Club Brugge's title bid, as they are now seven points behind with six games remaining. R. Standard de Liège lie second, three points behind Anderlecht, whom they visit in a potential title-decider on 22 April. Fourth-placed SV Zulte-Waregem lost 2-0 to K. Sint-Truidense VV, while KAA Gent moved level on points with Zulte-Waregem after a 1-0 win against KSK Beveren.

Level pegging
Fenerbahçe SK and Galatasaray SK remain neck and neck in their two-horse race for the Turkish Superleague crown. Both teams recorded weekend wins and are locked together on 62 points, 18 clear of third-placed Kayserispor. Galatasaray needed a 71st-minute Marek Heinz goal to secure a 2-1 win at Denizlispor on Saturday, before Fenerbahçe responded with a 2-0 defeat of Malatyaspor. Trabzonspor fell to sixth after losing 1-0 against Kayseri Erciyesspor, while Kayserispor were held by bottom club Samsunspor and Beşiktaş JK missed the chance to go third, losing 1-0 at home to Konyaspor.

Landmark win
PSV Eindhoven secured their 1000th Eredivisie victory, 3-0 away against Willem II, to move closer to retaining their Dutch league title. Goals from Ismail Aissati, Eric Addo and Arouna Koné left the leaders with a nine-point advantage over AZ Alkmaar with just four matches remaining. AZ kept up the chase with a 1-0 win away against RKC Waalwijk while third-placed Feyenoord suffered a surprising 2-0 home defeat at the hands of ADO Den Haag, for whom Jonas Kolkka scored both goals. Klaas Jan Huntelaar's 29th goal of the season was not enough for AFC Ajax, who were held 1-1 by NAC Breda.

AEK triumph
In Greece, two goals by Nikolaos Lyberopoulos gave AEK Athens FC a comfortable 2-0 victory against struggling Akratitos FC at the Olympic Stadium, while Panathinaikos FC had to dig deep for a 1-0 win at Apollon Kalamarias FC thanks to a 75th-minute penalty from Ezequiel González. The spot-kick was awarded when Dimitrios Orfanos brought down Ioannis Goumas, and means Panathinaikos stay joint second ahead with AEK. Both teams have 57 points, six behind Olympiacos CFP, who play their game in hand against Atromitos FC on Monday. Iraklis FC remained fourth after their goalless draw at Larissa FC, while fifth-placed Skoda Xanthi FC drew 0-0 against Ionikos FC.

Leaders maintain pace
The head of the Portuguese Liga table remains unchanged after the top three all won at the weekend. Leaders Porto ground out a 1-0 victory away against A. Académica de Coimbra to stay two points clear, the game's only goal coming from Hugo Almeida with 20 minutes to go. Second-placed Sporting Clube de Portugal secured a routine 2-0 result at home to bottom club FC Panafiel, while SL Benfica consolidated third place with a 1-0 win against SC Braga. Striker Nuno Gomes ended a personal six-match goal drought with a deflected shot against a Braga side that finished with ten men after defender Luís Felipe was sent off.
Last updated: 27/03/06 0.45CET

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