Jupiler Pro League: RSC Anderlecht leave it late to beat Felice Mazzu's Charleroi

Jupiler Pro League: RSC Anderlecht leave it late to beat Felice Mazzu's Charleroi
Anderlecht's Benito Raman celebrates in a match between Sporting Charleroi and RSC Anderlecht, Monday 26 December 2022 in Charleroi. Credit: John Thys / Belga

Anderlecht are back with their former coach Felice Mazzu after a 0-1 win at Charleroi in the 18th round of the Jupiler Pro League on Monday.

It was the first win for the new coach Brian Riemer. In the first half of the game there was very little in terms of chances and was marked by the exit of Zeno Debast (21st) due to injury.

The first clear chance of the game came after a stoppage time. Daan Heymans cut out Isaac Mbenza’s corner, but Bart Verbruggen, who replaced Hendrik Van Crombrugge who was ill, was able to relax (36th).

After the break, Anderlecht came back on the pitch with better intentions. Mario Stroeykens received a second ball after a free kick and his shot went just wide of Hervé Koffi’s goal (53rd).

The home side’s second goal of the season came in the 57th minute when Francis Amuzu got in front of Koffi’s goal, but his shot lacked the power to beat the goalkeeper.

In the 75th minute, Charleroi had a chance to score when Mbenza tried to beat Verbruggen but the Charleroi striker took too long to get his shot away.

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The match finally went in Brussels’ favour, when after a high recovery, Anouar Ait El Hadj fed Benito Raman who crossed to Amuzu, who took a shot at the Charleroi keeper Koffi, but the ball bounced off Charleroi Adem Zorgane into the net in the 85th minute. The goal was marked as an own goal and what would end up being the match winner.

In the league, Anderlecht are now 10th with 23 points and Charleroi remains 12th with 19 points.

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