Anderlecht’s Europa League bid over despite draw

Anderlecht twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Group C winner

Malaga on Tuesday but failed to earn a Europa League spot because

Zenit St. Petersburg won.

Malaga captain Duda made it 1-0 in the 45th minute of the

Champions League match with a powerful shot into the top of the net

after receiving a cross from Sebastian ”Seba” Fernandez.

Milan Jovanovic equalized in the 50th by pouncing on a loose

ball and hitting it over goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.

Malaga went ahead again in the 61st when Duda’s low shot went

under goalkeeper Silvio Proto and inside the far post. But

Dieudonne Mbokani leveled for Anderlecht in the 90th.

Zenit won 1-0 at AC Milan to seal third spot. Malaga and Milan

had already qualified for the last 16.

”We did a great job and we are happy,” Duda said. ”Their

final goal was a shame, but the important thing was getting a

point. Now we can think about our next league match.”

Malaga midfielder Manuel Iturra came close to scoring in the

sixth minute after connecting with a cross by Eliseu from the

left.

Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho came on as a substitute for

Jeremy Toulalan, who was taken off on a stretcher in obvious pain

with what looked like an ankle injury in the 16th minute.

Kameni athletically blocked a powerful header by Mbokani in the

21st minute.

”The goal this year has been achieved, which was to get the

next round,” Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini said. ”From now on

every opponent we play against is tricky, but the important thing

is to be fit when we play in February.”