Kljestan scores again in wild Anderlecht loss

Avi Creditor
September 1, 2013
Kljestan scores for Anderlecht in Champions League loss

Sacha Kljestan maintained his attacking form for Anderlecht, scoring the opening goal in a wild 4-3 loss to Zulte-Waregem on Sunday, a game that saw Anderlecht finish with nine men and Zulte-Waregem end with 10.

Kljestan, who scored for the third time in his last four games, matched his 2012-13 league season total with his third strike. His single-season high in all competitions since joining Anderlecht from Chivas USA is five, set in the 2011-12 campaign.

Thorgan Hazard, who is on loan from Chelsea and is the younger brother of Blues' star Eden, stole the show from that point on with an eventful outing. The 20-year-old Belgium international scored an equalizer, assisted on three other goals -- including Franck Berrier's stoppage-time game-winner -- while also missing a penalty after Anderlecht's Cheikou Kouyate was sent off with a straight red card in the 52nd minute.

Zulte-Waregem was also brought to 10 men when Olafur Skulason saw straight red in the 71st minute, only for Anderlecht to once again fall to a man disadvantage when Olivier Deschacht saw his second yellow for a high elbow in the 90th minute. Hazard's ensuing free kick found Berrier for the decisive goal, which allowed the hosts to leap two points ahead of two-time defending league champion Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League standings through six games.