Anderlecht has simply put an end to Westerlo. The Purple & White won 1-3 thanks to a Danish three in a row. Dreyer, Delaney and Dolberg scored. This RSCA hardly has any problems against the smaller teams this season. They have already scored 28 out of 30 against the non-top teams. This is how you collect essential points.
A team that wins against all the little ones establishes itself as a serious title candidate. It is a cliché, but Anderlecht has understood that message well this season. If we look at the purple-white’s results this football year against OHL, KV Mechelen, RWDM, STVV, Eupen, Charleroi, Kortrijk and Cercle – yes, sorry green-black friends: that is still not a top team either – then purple- white for the visit to Het Kuipje 25 on 27. Only two stupid points were lost in Kortrijk’s Guldenspoorstadion.
The visit to Westerlo should not leave the cannibal of little ones wanting. Brian Riemer’s team also had to put an end to the penultimate position and RSCA started eagerly. Benito Raman was preferred over Alexis Flips and was able to prove himself. The pocket striker worked well, but also turned out to be very clumsy in finishing. Raman would definitely kill at least seven chances this evening. It wasn’t supposed to be.
Fortunately, Purple & White still has some Danish dynamite in their backpack. Target man Kasper Dolberg had already scored nine goals in the Jupiler Pro League before this match, but he found a good sidekick in his compatriot Anders Dreyer. Batman and Robin. When Mario Stroeykens piloted a first wonderful pass over the Western defense, Dreyer hit the 0-1 against the ropes on the volley. It was also the right winger’s ninth goal of the season. Never before in his career has Anders Dreyer done better at the highest level. At Esbjerg in Denmark he sometimes scored 21, but that was in the second division. This goal was a milestone.
The game should actually have been played before half-time, but Anderlecht wasted too many chances. In the bargain, even Westerlo improved somewhat. Yow, the men. When Griffin Yow broke through, it was time for the now almost weekly Schmeichel moment. The Danish goalie came out too slowly and was rounded. Fortunately, Ludwig Augustinsson blocked the leather before the line. Maxime Dupé will probably be able to show what he has to offer again on Thursday in the cup match against Standard. Yes, right?
Riemer himself absolutely does not want to make it a goalkeeping issue. As long as Anderlecht continues to score enough goals on the other side, there is no real problem. That had to happen after halftime. The visitors again put more pressure, but it took a long time before the second goal was scored. However, patience was rewarded. Thomas Delaney scored his very first goal for Anderlecht. Another Dane.
Westerlo’s defense was sometimes on clay legs and goalgetter Dolberg did not want to be inferior to his compatriots. Who’s the king? The striker slalomed through the Kempen rearguard and placed the ball delicately in the corner. A Danish three in a row and so Dolberg is again the top scorer. Of the 32 competition goals that Anderlecht have scored this season, no fewer than 20 are Danish. That stands out.
Verschaeren joins in
The question is how long Westerlo coach Jonas De Roeck can resist the increasing pressure. This team is really in trouble, isn’t it? Yes, the 3-1 was made by Jordan Bos, but too late. Anderlecht played the match simply while substitute Yari Verschaeren was still allowed to gain rhythm. Just like Ashimeru. What was striking in the selection was that there was no longer room for Amadou Diawara. He can also look forward to an exit this winter.
Anderlecht continues to run smoothly in the rankings and takes 28 out of 30 against the small teams. They have not yet lost against the small ones. They are amuse-gueules and figures that you can come home with. The major competitors cannot provide this either. For example, Union lost to Mechelen, while Ghent and Club also choked.
Only in this damn Belgian country there is also a Play-off 1 in which you ultimately play against all the top teams. Against the G7 – Club, Antwerp, Genk, Union, Standard and Ghent – the Purple & White only managed 6 out of 18 this season. It is time to change this too. An assignment against Standard next week, both in the Croky Cup and in the competition.