RSC Anderlecht 3 – AEK Athens 0


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Algeria World Cup striker RAFIK DJEBBOUR (10) starts his run for a pass as AEK Athens teammate and Greece international midfielder PANTELIS KAFES, who, unusually, wears the # 1 jersey as an outfield player, approaches RSC Anderlecht’s Hungary international defender and goal-scorer ROLAND JUHASZ at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock in the Belgian capital city of Brussels. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
10/21/2010

3 – RSC Anderlecht (BEL) ——— Bousouffa 31′, Lukaku 71′, Juhasz 75′
0 – AEK Athens (GRE)

Belgium’s Footballer of the Year for last season burst into form with a goal and two assists in the game as RSC ANDERLECHT shut down visiting Greek side AEK ATHENS and inflicted a 3-0 defeat in Group G of the UEFA Europa League.

RSC Anderlecht, who dominated 14-3 in the shots-at-goal department, saw constant pressure pay off when, following a nice build-up, Morocco international winger MBARK BOUSSOUFA put away the rebound of a shot from United States international midfielder SACHA KLJESTAN for a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute.

In the second half, youthful Belgium international attacker ROMELU LUKAKU added a second for Anderlecht in the 71st minute after Boussoufa intercepted a ball in AEK Athens’ third of the field then provided a pass for teenager on the right; the 17-year-old banked his shot in off the near post to score his fourth goal of this season in Europe.

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Czech Republic international midfielder JAN POLAK (8) of RSC Anderlecht, who was bought by the Brussels club from German Bundesliga side FC Nuremberg for a reported 3.5 million Euros in August of 2007, puts his foot between the legs of AEK Athens’ Greece international midfielder GRIGORIS MAKOS (14) at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock. (Francois Lenoir/Reuters)
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Boussoufa capped his influential evening four mintues later by delivering an inswinging free kick for Anderlecht’s Hungary international defender ROLAND JUHASZ to volley home with a cheeky back heel from just about the penalty spot.

A much needed victory for RSC Anderlecht in Brussels, then, as the Purple & Whites had lost three consecutive games in European competition coming into the match with AEK Athens.

The triumph gives the Belgium capital city club its first three points in Group G and changes the complexion of everything for manager ARIEL JACOBS with the second half of the stage still to play ; Anderlecht are now level on points with AEK Athens and HNK Hadjuk Split of Croatia but claim second place in Group G behind Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg on the strength of a significantly better goal-differential.

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United States international midfielder SACHA KLJESTAN (19) of RSC Anderlecht, making his first start in Europe for the Purple & White since the 3-0 victory over Welsh club The New Saints on August 3 at the third round of the UEFA Champions League qualifying stage, moves to steal the ball from AEK Athens’ Argentine striker ISMAEL BLANCO (18) at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock. (Yves Logghe/AP)
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RSC ANDERLECHT : Proto ; Biglia, Deschacht, Juhasz, Mazuch ; Kljestan, Gillet, Polak, Boussoufa ; Kanu (Suarez 66′), Lukaku (Chavarria 79′)

AEK ATHENS : Saja ; Lagos, Dellas, Gentsoglu, Argyriou ; Eder (Leonardo 64′), Bouba Diop, Kafes, Makos (Djebbour 46) ; Blanco, Scocco (Burns 23′)

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Morocco international winger MBARK BOUSSOUFA (11) of RSC Anderlecht, the native of Amsterdam who transferred to the Brussels club from KAA Gent for a fee of 3.5 million Euros in 2006, lines up a left-footed shot as AEK Athens defender ANESTIS ARGYRIOU (17) sticks out his right foot in an effort to block at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)
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The defender Argyriou can only agonize as the ball from the RSC Anderlecht winger Boussoufa, the Belgian Footballer of the Year for the 2009-10 season, beats the diving Argentine goalkeeper DIEGO SEBASTIAN SAJA (23) of AEK Athens to net the first goal of the game at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock. (John Thys/AFP Getty Images)
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Morocco international winger MBARK BOUSSOUFA (right) moves to celebrate his first goal in Europe for RSC Anderlecht this season with 17-year-old Belgium international striker ROMELU LUKAKU (14) at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock in the capital city of Brussels. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)
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