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
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
”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.”