Tielmans and Okaka were leading the line for Watford. Alex was pleased to see Tielmans there as it limited his ability to influence the match. Trezeguet dropping into central midfield was the only surprise. Ribeiro led the line for Brugge while Ebert was promoted to the bench with Centurion out injured. Santamaria also came in at central midfielder and Schonheim came in for Emerson. Other than that Alex had gone for a full strength line up.
After two minutes Anderlecht won a free kick that was whipped into the box by Colazo and headed back to him. He ran inside and passed to N’Sakala on the other side of the pitch and he slipped in Okaka who smashed his shot high and just inside the far post to give Butelle no chance.
After 17 minutes Schonhiem cut the ball back to Izquierdo on the edge of the box. He squared the ball to Vanaken who hit a low shot towards the far post. Proto pushed the ball away out wide and Gedoz was first to the ball and beat a man and put in a cross which was headed away to Santamaria at the edge of the box. He played the ball square to Vanaken who played it out wide to Meunier. He ran inside towards goal and from a tight angle fired the ball across the face of goal. Proto tried to push the cross away but missed it and Ribeiro cushioned the ball in with a simple header to level the game up.
After half an hour Izquierdo was tripped by Preat just inside the Anderlecht half to give Brugge a free kick. Gedoz played the ball to just outside the box where Engels flicked it on. Izquierdo tried to run onto the ball but, was tripped blatently by Dendoncker and Brugge got a penalty. Gedoz stepped up and after a short run up hit a weak penalty not far away from the middle of the goal. Fortunately, Proto dived the other way and Brugge were ahead after half an hour.
The half ended with Preat firing well over from 35 yards out and Brugge went in ahead despite letting in an early goal. Alex could tell his team was tired and that he had to make changes. Vormer came on for Fejsa and Ebert made his comeback from injury replacing the tired Izquierdo.
After 65 minutes Praet brought the ball forwards with him as Anderlecht attacked. He played the ball up to Okaka just outside the box and he turned and got by Denswil far to easily. Engels came over as Okaka shaped to shoot and the ball took a small nick of his leg which slightly changed where the ball went and it was enough for it to wriggle past Butelle and get Anderlecht level in the match.
With 82 minutes left Santamaria hit the ball up to Ribeiro but, Kara came in and headed the ball up front. Okaka, who was behind Denswil but, level with Engles ran onto the ball and was in on goal with the chance of a hat trick. His first touch was just ouside the box with Butelle a couple of yards away he slipped the ball under the keeper and it rolled just wide of the goal.
It was a golden chance and the last one of the match as the game ended in a two all draw. As Anderlecht were last in the Championship group Alex wasn’t thrilled but, they were still a good team and everyone would drop a lot of points in the group.
Standard lost while AA Gent and Oostende both claimed wins. Club Brugge had a one goal lead at the top of the table and would face Oostende needing a win to be sure of staying there.
Denswil picked up a knock in the game and would have to get a face mask for the next few games as Alex didn’t want to have another player missing for the run of games.