It took blood, sweat and tears. But Anderlecht are in the quarterfinals of the Cup after a rollercoaster match against Seraing. However, the evening of Kompany and co had started dramatically due to an early 2-0 deficit. Kouamé and Refaelov completely reversed the situation, but the home team scored the 3-3 on the hour. The game then drifted to penalties. Anderlecht kept their cool, Murillo scored the decisive eleven meter.
- 10 ‘Maziz 1-0 (pen)
- 18′ Mikautadze 2-0 (pen)
- 38 ‘Kouame 2-1
- 41 ‘Kouame 2-2
- 49′ Refaelov 2-3 (pen)
- 60′ Maziz 3-3
Seraing – Anderlecht in a nutshell:
- Key moment: After 3 misses, Francis Amuzu is the first to score in the penalty series and thus gives Anderlecht the lead. A lead that the Purple & White will not relinquish in the end.
- Man of the match: Amir Murillo played a decisive role for Anderlecht tonight. His assist in Kouamé’s 1-2 led to the Purple & White remonte after the dramatic start and the Panamanian converted the decisive penalty at the very end.
- Remarkable: After the lost cup final in 2015, Anderlecht went out 3 times in the 1/8th finals and once did not even go further than the 1/16th finals. Afterwards, the tide turned, the Purple & White is now in the last eight in the cup for the third season in a row.
Watch the exciting penalty shootout between Seraing and Anderlecht
Kouamé wipes out dramatic purple and white start
The Anderlecht fans who had traveled along provided fireworks, so much so that ref Bert Put had to stop the match for a while. When the smoke had cleared, Anderlecht were suddenly 1-0 behind. After a penalty foul by Magallan, Maziz converted the penalty flawlessly.
A dream start for Seraing and less than 10 minutes later things looked even better for the home side. Now it was Refaelov who made a mistake in the box, the ball went on the spot again. Mikautadze said thank you and Anderlecht suddenly owed 2 goals after more than fifteen minutes.
Dietsch had to show his ability on a shot by Verschaeren, but otherwise the visitors didn’t care. With peace in sight, Sambu lent a helping hand to Purple & White. He let Murillo steal the ball and he offered Kouamé the
Anderlecht suddenly caught fire, because barely 2 minutes later the signs were level again. Verschaeren painted the ball on Kouamé’s head and the Fiorentina mercenary headed his second goal of the evening at the far post.
Strange throw! Gomez throws the ball straight in the face of teammate
Anderlecht give up the lead
The ball went quickly on the penalty spot in the second half. This time not for Seraing, but for Anderlecht after a foul on Refaelov. He went behind the ball himself and gave Anderlecht the lead with a kick through the middle.
The Purple & White let Seraing get back into the game afterwards and paid a heavy price for it on the hour. After the opening of Kilota, Mikautadze brought the ball nicely in front of the goal in one time and Maziz was allowed to make his second of the evening completely detached.
The equalizer gave Seraing confidence again, while Anderlecht kept searching fruitlessly for solutions. He didn’t like it and Seraing also no longer managed to really get Van Crombrugge into trouble. Extensions were the logical consequence.
View the 6 goals in regular time of Seraing-Anderlecht
Murillo frees Anderlecht in penalty series
Anderlecht took the initiative in the first overtime, but once in the zone of truth, things always went wrong for the visitors. Once Kouamé was able to put Verschaeren in a promising position, but from a sharp angle he aimed directly at Dietsch.
The Purple & White also tried to make something of it in the second half, but it all remained too meager. Seraing held his ground easily. Dietsch only had to show himself after an impending rush from Gomez. So penalty kicks.
In a blood-curdling penalty shoot-out, Amuzu was the first to score after 3 misses. Both teams did not fail anymore and so the Purple & White’s fifth penalty became the deciding factor. Murillo did not crack under the pressure and shot the Purple & White to the quarterfinals.
Anderlecht fans disrupt the match with Bengali fire after only a few minutes