Trezeguet absent again as Anderlecht progress in Europa League
Acheampong scored twice as Anderlecht progress to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 after defeating Olympiacos 3-1 on aggregate after extra time.
Egyptian international Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet was once again out of the Anderlecht squad as his teammates had the difficult task of trying to beat the tricky Greek giants out of the competition.
There was controversy from the start after Ghana international Frank Acheampong was brought down by an Olympiacos defender after six minutes but the referee waved off the appeal. Nigerian striker Brown Ideye soon had the first shot on target but it was saved easily by Anderlecht keeper Proto.
It was again Proto who kept away Olympiacos after he put off a splendid double save as the game showed started to build up in momentum.
The earlier penalty appeal soon became reality, but this time it was for the hosts after Kara Mbodji was wrongly issued a yellow card for an tackle in which he arguably didn’t make any contact. Konstantinos Fortounis slotted the penalty home to equal the game on aggregate at half time.
The second half started and Anderlecht looked to take the game to the Greeks, Man of the Match Acheampong hit his shot well but straight at the keeper.
The visitors kept attacking and it wasn’t long before they got another golden chance. Najar cut back and hit his shot straight of the post and the rebound was inches away from reaching teammate Acheampong.
In the late stages of the game, Olympiacos midfielder Dominguez tried his luck from far but his shot was saved by the impressive Proto to end the game 1-1 as both teams got ready for extra time.
The first half of extra time was a nervy and edgy between both teams and it ended with no real chances for both teams, although Anderlecht had the edge going into the second half. That proved to be the case as the very active Acheampong broke Olympiacos hearts.
After some scrappy football on the edge of the box, Frank Acheampong controlled well before finishing high in the near post. The Ghanaian wasn’t done there; substitute Najar found a beautiful through ball to Acheampong and he finished brilliantly to end the game 1-2 on the night and (3-1 aggregate)
The win takes Trezeguet’s Anderlecht through to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League.
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