After Anderlecht capitulated 5-1 to Olympique Lyonnais in their Champions League play-off first leg match in France, it was considered that their defending could not have been a great deal worse, however, coach Ariel Jacobs has been left lamenting the play of his rearguard once again after the 3-1 second leg loss in Belgium.
Lisandro Lopez was presented with an easy chance to open the scoring after a slack pass from Ondrej Mazuch, while similarly bad play from Jan Polak would provide the Argentine with the chance to complete his hat-trick from the edge of the area with a sweeping finish into the top corner.
Needless to say, Jacobs was not amused. “Last week, [the defence] had rolled out the red carpet,” he fumed to the press after the game. “Today [Tuesday], we give them gifts: two goals out three! If in the Belgian championship we can afford some defensive mistakes, it is not possible in the Champions League. The numbers are there.”
Anderlecht could take a little solace from their second half performance, which saw them pull a goal back through sprightly forward Matias Suarez, although by this time OL had eased off, safe in the knowledge their passage through to the group stages for a tenth successive year was already won.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com