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Trezeguet’s Anderlecht crash out of Champions League
Egypt’s Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ made a late appearance as a substitute as his Anderlecht side were beaten by potential Champions League debutants Rostov 2-0 at the Constant Vanden Stock.
Anderlecht XI: Roef; Nuytinck; De Maio; N’Sakala; Appiah; Defour; Tielemans; Dendoncker; Hanni; Sylla; Chipciu.
Rostov XI: Dzhanaev; Cesar; Novoseltsev; Bastos; Kudryashov; Terentjev; Gatskan; Noboa; Kalachev; Bukharov; Azmoun.
Going into the game, the Belgian giants appeared to have the advantage as they drew 2-2 last week, with Anderlecht carrying two potentially crucial away goals into the second leg.
In the opening exchanges of the game, Malian forward Sylla was creating the danger however his header from an Appiah cross went over the bar.
The tide started to turn as Iranian prospect Serdar Azmoun carved out a few chances of his own, but again he failed to capitalise.
The deadlock was eventually broken by Ecuador midfield talisman Christian Noboa, after his ambitious strike from distance found the bottom corner of the net.
Before half time, following a clash between Bukharov and Nuytinck, Belgian youngster Youri Tielemans was denied by Dzhanaev in his attempt to equalise.
Not long into the second half, Rostov made Anderlecht’s job even harder when Bukharov’s genius through ball found Iranian Serdar Azmoun who chipped the ball delicately over Roef, in a goal which cancelled out Anderlecht’s two away goals in Russia.
Anderlecht’s attempts to get back in the game came through last season’s Belgian league player of the season Sofiane Hanni, who came inches from getting one back.
Despite this, he eventually ran out of steam and was subbed off for Egypt international Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’, however it was too late for him to make any impact.
The result makes it three seasons since Anderlecht reached the group stages of the Champions League, however they still have a chance at European football as they enter the draw for the next round of playoffs for the Europa League, which takes place on Friday the 5th of August.
It also means that Rostov are one step closer to making their first appearance in the Champions League, as prior to last season they never finished above 6th until last season when they came 2nd.