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UEFA Champions League

  • 4 December 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Estadio La Rosaleda, Málaga
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 21769
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  • 90' + 4'
    Full-time at Rosaleda. Final score: Malaga 2-2 Anderlecht. The home side led through Duda's first-half strike before Jovanovic levelled in the second period. Duda then netted a second, only for Mbokani to snatch an 89th minute equaliser. Brilliant, brilliant game.
  • 90' + 1'
    I don't believe it. Another Bruno cross finds Mbokani unmarked at the back post and he is denied by the legs of Kameni. The Anderlecht bench thought that was a goal. What a chance that was.
  • 89'
    Assist Sacha Kljestan
  • 89'
    Goal Mbokani
    GOAL!!! Malaga 2-2 Anderlecht. Justice has been done. Kjestan slips a wonderful pass through to Mbokani and he strokes the ball home first time past Kameni. Great finish and his 17th of the campaign.
  • 86'
    He might not have set the world alight in his time with Liverpool but Jovanovic has impressed tonight. More than a little surprised to see him brought off.
  • 85'
    Substitution Milan Jovanović R. Vargas
  • 85'
    Substitution. Vargas replaces Jovanovic.
  • 83'
    Seven minutes remaining for Anderlecht to try and salvage a point here. The home crowd are in fine voice, though, and who can blame them? Through to the knockout stages of the Champions League and fifth in La Liga.
  • 82'
    Great play from Gamez down the right. His cross finds Portillo at the back post and he pulls the ball back for Seba, who fires his shot over the crossbar 12 yards out.
  • 80'
    Substitution Duda Portillo
  • 80'
    Portillo enters the fray and replaces two-goal hero Duda. He gets a standing ovation from the Rosaleda crowd and deservedly so. Two wonderfully taken goals and display of real class.
  • 77'
    Yellow Card Mbokani
  • 77'
    Yellow card for Mbokani. He's not the prettiest in possession but he's been a real handful. His booking is for backing into Camacho. Harsh.
  • 76'
    Mbokani takes a tumble on the edge of the Malaga area under pressure from Onyewu but the decision goes against him.
  • 72'
    De Sutter will partner Mbokani in attack and Anderlecht coach John van den Brom will hope that additional attacking intent will pay off in these final 18 minutes.
  • 71'
    Substitution Dennis Praet Tom de Sutter
  • 71'
    Substitution. Praet departs and De Sutter makes his way on to the pitch.
  • 70'
    Historically the Belgian champions don't travel well in Europe but there's been nothing wrong with their application this evening. A little more quality in the final third and this match could well have a very different look to it.
  • 69'
    Kameni called into action again. Cross from the right by Bruno and the ball works its way to Jovanovic who is denied yet again by the goalkeeper. They've done enough to be level in this second period, Anderlecht.
  • 68'
    Zenit still leading AC Milan 1-0 at San Siro and if it stays that way Anderlecht will be out of all European competition. Malaga - on the other hand - may win the group by SIX points.
  • 65'
    Duda can smell a hat-trick. Free kick 20 yards from goal and his left foot curler is tipped wide by Proto.
  • 63'
    Yellow Card Behrang Safari
  • 63'
    Beautiful goal. Buonanotte hits a lofted pass towards Duda, he runs on to it and takes a cushioned first touch before firing into the far right-hand corner.
  • 61'
    Assist Diego Buonanotte
  • 61'
    Goal Duda
    GOAL!!! Malaga 2-1 Anderlecht. (Duda).
  • 59'
    And now it's Malaga's turn to go close. Lovely floated cross from the left by Duda and Santa Cruz connects first time with his side foot, only to see his shot shave the post and fly wide. I dare say he should have found the back of the net there.
  • 57'
    Kameni has done himself no harm at all this evening. That's two fantastic saves now - the first from Mbokani in the first-half and the second from Jovanovic. Great athleticism.
  • 55'
    Anderlecht a post's width from taking the lead. Mbokani slides a ball into the feet of Jovanovic and from just inside the box his left foot shot his tipped on to the right-hand post by Kameni. Great football, great save.
  • 54'
    Substitution Weligton Jesús Gámez
  • 53'
    Substitution here with Jesus Gamez replacing Welligton. Sergio Sanchez - who has been operating at right-back - will move into his usual centre-back slot, with Gamez occupying his typical position.
  • 50'
    Assist Mbokani
  • 50'
    Goal Milan Jovanović
    GOAL!!! Malaga 1-1 Anderlecht. The visitors are right back in this one. Bruno slid a fine ball into the path of Mbokani, Onyewu looked to have snuffed out the danger, but the ball fell into the path of Jovanovic who chipped a lovely effort over the advancing Kameni. Great goal.
  • 49'
    Foul by Eliseu on Bruno and Biglia whips in the resulting free kick. It's well dealt with by the Malaga back four, though.
  • 47'
    Duda has just gone from the sublime to the ridiculous - and not in a good way. His first-half goal was a wonderful effort but he's just fallen flat on his back as he attempted a cross from the left.
  • 46'
    The referee blows his whistle and we're back underway. What will the second-half have in store? We will see...
  • 45'
    Both sides making their way back out on to the pitch at Rosaleda. Slight correction from a little earlier, it was in fact Safari's left foot shot that was disallowed and not Jovanovic. Two fine left feet nevertheless.
  • As it stands Manuel Pellegrini's side will retain their unbeaten record in their debut Champions League campaign. The other side to do that were Villarreal back in 2004/05 when, incidentally, Pellegrini was in charge of the club.
  • In truth the home side deserve their lead at the break. They've shown far more in the final third of the pitch. Proto has been forced into action more than once, but Mbokani's miss on 20 minutes and Jovanovic's disallowed 'goal' will be the talking points in the away dressing room.
  • That's the first 45 minutes over with and there's plenty to talk about at the break. Malaga lead 1-0 through Duda's fine effort right on the stroke of half-time but Anderlecht players surrounded the referee as they made their way off the pitch.
  • 45'
    Assist S. Fernández
  • 45'
    Goal Duda
    GOAL!!! Malaga 1-0 Anderlecht. Excellent curling strike from Duda, right on the edge of the 18-yard box and the home side have the lead.
  • 45'
    The travelling away support will not be happy. Seconds earlier Jovanovic saw his strike disallowed for a debatable offside decision. Malaga go straight up the other end and make it 1-0.
  • 42'
    I'm sure the news from Italy hasn't filtered down on to the pitch just yet but Anderlecht are certainly making an effort to push a few more bodies into the Malaga half. Not too much in the way of cutting edge, however.
  • 41'
    Really impressed with Eliseu tonight. He's been a real livewire every time he's got on the ball. It was the Portuguese who of course scored two stunning goals in the first fixture between the two sides back in October.
  • 39'
    There's been a goal in the game between Zenit St Petersburg and AC Milan and it's gone the way of the Russian side. Bad news for Anderlecht who must better Zenit's result or match it and score enough goals to claw back their inferior goal difference. The latter seems unlikely.
  • 37'
    You just get the feeling the visitors are missing the presence of Bram Nuytinck tonight at centre-back. They've been breached far too many times inside this opening period.
  • 36'
    More good play from Buonanotte. He works some space and gets a shot off - good save from Proto
  • 33'
    Yellow Card Sacha Kljestan
    Kjestan has just hauled down Buonanotte for a second time and he's rightly booked for his troubles
  • 32'
    Straight into the wall from Duda and the danger is averted.
  • 29'
    Poor tackle from Kjestan on Buanonette and it's a free kick in a dangerous position for Malaga
  • 26'
    Anderlecht in search of their first Champions League away win since a 1-0 win over Betis back in 2005. Vincent Kompany was the goalscorer on that occasion.
  • 23'
    So much responsibility lays on the shoulders of Mbokani this evening. He's one of just two Anderlecht players to have scored in the group stage and he won't have too many better chances than that tonight.
  • 20'
    Big chance for the visitors. Cracking cross from Jovanovic down the left and Mbokani's downward header is palmed clear by Kameni. He really has to be doing better from six yards out.
  • 18'
    Raking ball over the top from Iturra - Seba breaks clear but he takes too long and Deschacht snuffs out the danger. Cries of a penalty from the Uruguayan but absolutely no chance.
  • 16'
    Substitution Jérémy Toulalan Camacho
    And that will indeed be the end of his night. The Frenchman has been stretchered off around the pitch and Ignacio Camacho enters the fray in his place.
  • 14'
    Play has been halted here - Toulalan looks in some pain on the floor. His night could well be over as he grabs his hamstring with a sizeable grimace on his face.
  • 14'
    Eliseu is already causing all sorts of problems down the left. His pace gets him away from a couple of defenders before he's dispossessed.
  • 12'
    From the resulting corner Onyewu collects down the right, whips in a fantastic cross and Welligton produces a defender's finish and blazes well over the bar. Terrible miss.
  • 11'
    Malaga close to taking the lead. Wonderful individual skill from Buonanotte on the edge of the area and his left foot shot is tipped wide by Proto.
  • 8'
    Yellow Card Duda
    First booking of the night and it goes to Duda. Cynical tackle on Mbokani and he'll have to watch his step for the remaining 82 minutes.
  • 5'
    First attack from Malaga. Eliseu showing his pace down the left - his cut back finds Iturra and he drills a shot just wide of the post. That was close.
  • 3'
    Both sides have opted for matching 4-4-1-1 formations and it is the away team who are enjoying the better of the early possession.
  • 1'
    And we're off and underway at La Rosaleda. Anderlecht out of the competition but looking to seal a place in the Europa League
  • Good evening, just a matter of seconds before kick-off, Malaga have opted for a much changed starting 11 having already sealed qualification.
  • Anderlecht: Proto, Gillet, Kouyate, Deschacht, Safari, Bruno, Biglia, Kjestan, Jovanovic, Praet, Mobokani. Subs: Kaminski, Odoi, Wasilewski, Molins, Canesin, Vargas, De Sutter
  • Malaga: Kameni, Eliseu, Onyewu, Wellington, Sanchez, Duda, Toulalan, Iturra, Seba, Santa Cruz, Buonanotte. Subs: Willy, Gamez, Camacho, Joaquin, Isco, Portillo, Juanmi