Les Mauves Et Blancs overcome a few scares to take a two-goal lead back to Brussels.Anderlecht took a major step towards the final qualifying round of the Champions League with a win over spirited Welsh champions The New Saints.
They quickly established the upper hand in Wrexham after just six minutes. The 30-time Belgian champions took the lead through their highest profile summer signing, Sacha Kljestan from MLS, who scored his first goal for Paarswit when he converted a Matias Suarez cross.
The lead was doubled eleven minutes later when Anderlecht's two wingers combined. Jonathan Legear received a short corner from Mbark Boussoufa and found enough space at the near post to beat TNS keeper Paul Harrison.
However the Welsh side refused to lie down and received their just rewards seven minutes after the interval when the Anderlecht defence suffered a lapse in concentration. The aforementioned Jones was the hero, netting from Scott Ruscoe's far post cross.
Anderlecht stretched ahead again when Legear's far-post free kick was met by Suarez at the far post and he nodded it past Harrison after 73 minutes. Despite the Welsh side pressing towards the end, RSCA held on to take a healthy lead back to the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium next week.
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