The Chance To Become World Beaters
Anderlecht's month showed that superstars will not walk all over everyone. They are not the only side with superstars losing the odd game or two, FC Basel were bottom of the Swiss Superleague with a team containing Januzaj, Raul Albiol and Kevin Miralles but atleast they are no longer in the relegation zone.
The first match of this month was Leverkusen at home in the Champions League. After losing to Real Madrid, this match was huge so a result was required. Anderlecht played very well and in the 33rd minute from there 7th corner of the match Lampard delivered a pin point corner for Gerard Pique to head home for 1-0. Will Hughes added a second on the stroke of half time after good work by Griezmann and Ronaldo to give Hughes a one on one opportunity and the 18 year old Englishman did not miss.
The game after was against Kortrijk and required a super sub Ronaldo to save the day. Matias Suarez got the ball rolling in the 16th minute with a deftly struck shot from 18 yards out but in the space of 10 frantic minutes Paars-wit were 2-1 down after Gourcuff struck home a penalty and a free kick to give Kortrijk a shock lead. Ronaldo was introduced on the 75th minute and it took him just 11 minutes to turn the game on its head. the first goal he had young Englishman Will Hughes to thank after a defence splitting pass which Ronaldo wasted no time scoring. The second goal however was all Ronaldo, when he moved in onto his right foot and from 25 yards out hit a screamer in which Keet did not move to give Anderlecht a undeserved victory.
If the victory was undeserved then the next match against Club Brugge was thoroughally deserved because Anderlecht took them apart in the first 37 minutes scoring four
goals. Ibrahimovic got the first with a sublime headed goal from a Griezmann cross, Griezmann himself then got the second with a low drive after good work down the wing by Santon. Ibrahimovic got the 3rd with another headed goal from a Eriksen early cross and then Ronaldo hit a trademark freekick to make it 4-0. Brugge were better in the second half and Aaron Lennon and Huntelaar got consolation goals but it was not enough and Anderlecht won 4-2.
It then followed a big home match in the Champions League and Zenit nearly pulled off an upset and defeat Anderlecht but after Griezmann had got one back, Ronaldo won a penalty in the last seconds of the game to which Frank Lampard stepped up and slotted home for a 2-2 draw and to stay second in the Champions League table.
Lampard scores a penalty
Then followed a masterclass by Lierse's Marko Van Ginkel. When Anderlecht took a 3-1 lead after Eriksen had scored in the 40th minute, Lierse's fans booed off there side who had Van Ginkel to thank for a sublime volley but if anyone could have predicted this second half they would have been sent to the looney bin. The second half started and within 5 minutes Van Ginkel had ran straight through the static Anderlecht defence, around the keeper and slot home for 4-2, suddenly the fans were cheering there side on. On the 72nd minute Ron Vlaar hit a long hopeful ball up and Van ginkel had anticipated the bounce, ran behind the defender and hit a half volley to the top right hand corner and suddenly it was 3-3. This was unbeleivable but yet very beleivable, Lierse had salvaged a draw, or had they?
Kouyate to Santon, who gives it straight Lemina and Lierse are 4 against here1 Lemina still, has Van Ginkel screaming for it. GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL This is unbeleivable and it Van Ginkel again! in the second minute of one minute added on and he has hit 4 totally unreal goals today to give Anderlecht there first defeat of the season. Anderlecht players are surrounding the ref because they think the match should be finished but Allessandro Del Piero is looking very, very angry but take nothing away from Lierse they have beaten Anderlecht 4-3 or should I say Van Ginkel has beaten Anderlecht 4-3!
Then they played Gank and were absolutely awful. Once Lampard had scored his first goal in open play to make it 1-0 they just tired very quickly and Genk, who beat them in the super cup also beat them in the league to bring the league very close again. Gameiro, Simeaya and Jelle Vossen give Genk a 4-1 victory but Anderlecht stay top of the Pro League
Pro League Standings
Anderlecht are 2 points clear of Club Brugge and 5 clear of Genk with Lierse and Standard just behin them.
Champions League Table
This is going to be a tough group to get out of, Real Madrid youngsters are really doing well but Anderlecht should make it.
Player Of The Month
Antoine Griezmann has had a solid month and is one of the few players to come out of the two defeats with any credit whatsoever but he knows he will need to keep this sort of form up to stay in the side.