Jupiler Pro LeagueAnderlecht are entering 2022 with a great feeling. RSCA went on to win 0-7 on the field of Beerschot, which was humiliated. Before halftime, Holzhauser was sent off the field, after he suddenly started playing centrally in the back on his own initiative. A scene that is indicative of the malaise at the bottom of the pack.
The dessert of this Christmas playday announced itself in advance as an unequal battle. An Anderlecht-in-form versus Beerschot, which sinks further and further into the relegation swamp after four defeats in a row.
Well, those value relationships became clear from the first whistle. Only they were rather… painfully large.
Anderlecht used the other Purple & White as a cue ball throughout the entire game. That resulted in a double lead after just twenty minutes. Twice an identical goal followed: low cross Gómez, goalkeeper Verschaeren. Beerschot defended very generously, it will undoubtedly have done Verschaeren good. The Neerpede product has been a solid basic pawn again for weeks, but its efficiency has failed too often – see his miss in Bruges. So see you tonight.
Anderlecht had already won the game at the Kiel and did – without exaggerating – what they wanted. Gómez was allowed to kick crosses to his heart’s content from his left, as if he were alone on the field around the corner. Then you wonder whether Beerschot’s technical staff even looked at images last weekend… Ten minutes before half time it was not Gómez, but Refaelov who could put the ball in front of the goal. Zirkzee entered in two times, although the Dutchman could have gone for a coffee first.
It only got worse for Beerschot. Gómez – who else – only sent Kouamé towards goal, but was knocked down by Holzhauser, central defender ad interim. Red for last year’s ‘Silver’ Shoe, which suddenly went into defense on its own initiative. Very strange action. And then there were still forty-five minutes to play…
Less than sixty seconds had passed in the second half when the 0-4 was already on the board. Refaelov was childishly easy to place in goal. Vanhamel didn’t even bother to dive anymore – indicative of the powerlessness. It gradually became clear that an abacus was not an unnecessary luxury.
Certainly with the replacement of ex-Beerschotter Benito Raman, always fiery. He, in turn, threw two more against the ropes. The last word was for ‘Ciske’ Amuzu, who saw his shot roll through Vanhamel’s legs. Significant for the agony of the home team.
Sixteen out of eighteen and a semi-final in the cup in the backpack. With a seven-valve as the organ point. Anderlecht can, if you ask us, start the new year with great ambitions in this form. And Beerschot? That can gradually prepare for 1B.
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