An­der­lecht left wait­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BRUS­SELS: A penalty save in the sec­ond half de­nied An­der­lecht the chance to be crowned Bel­gian cham­pi­ons on Sun­day but their 11 draw at Club Bruges left them need­ing only two points from their last two matches to win a record-ex­tend­ing 34th ti­tle.

An away vic­tory at the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons would have given An­der­lecht an unas­sail­able lead in the stand­ings but Youri Tiele­mans had his 64th-minute spot kick saved by Bruges’s Amer­i­can goal­keeper Ethan Hor­vath.

Sofi­ane Hanni’s free-kick put An­der­lecht ahead af­ter eight min­utes but sec­ond-placed Bruges lev­elled in the 36th minute with a free-kick of their own, con­verted by Ruud Vormer.

With a four-point ad­van­tage, and a bet­ter head-to-head record, in the post-sea­son play­offs, An­der­lecht will win their first ti­tle since 2014 if they beat Charleroi away on Thurs­day.

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