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Anderlecht wins league after 1-1 draw with Brugge

 RSCA Anderlecht coach Ariel Jacobs gestures during the national league soccer match against Club Brugge, in Brussels, Sunday, May 6, 2012. (AP Photo/...
 Club Brugge goalie Jorgacevic, left, punches the ball, during the national league soccer match against RSCA Anderlecht, in Brussels, Sunday, May 6, 2...
 RSCA Anderlecht player Cheikhou Kouyate, right, challenges Club Brugge player Carlos Bacca, during the national league soccer match, in Brussels, Sun...
 RSCA Anderlecht player Lucas Biglia, right, challenges Club Brugge player Carlos Bacca, during the national league soccer match, in Brussels, Sunday,...

Belgium Soccer Premier League

RSCA Anderlecht coach Ariel Jacobs gestures during the national league soccer match against Club Brugge, in Brussels, Sunday, May 6, 2012. (AP Photo/...

Belgium Soccer Premier League

Club Brugge goalie Jorgacevic, left, punches the ball, during the national league soccer match against RSCA Anderlecht, in Brussels, Sunday, May 6, 2...

Belgium Soccer Premier League

RSCA Anderlecht player Cheikhou Kouyate, right, challenges Club Brugge player Carlos Bacca, during the national league soccer match, in Brussels, Sun...

Belgium Soccer Premier League

RSCA Anderlecht player Lucas Biglia, right, challenges Club Brugge player Carlos Bacca, during the national league soccer match, in Brussels, Sunday,...

Boosted by its South American players, Anderlecht won a record 31st Belgian league title on Sunday after holding its closest challenger FC Brugge to a 1-1 draw.
Anderlecht had to wait until the fourth minute of injury time, when Guillaume Gillet converted a penalty to cancel out a 70th minute strike by Maxime Lestienne. It now has 48 points and an insurmountable seven-point lead over Brugge, while last year's champion Racing Genk was in third place with two games to go in the post-season playoffs.
Under the league's complicated rules, the points of all clubs were halved at the end of the regular season and the top six clubs entered a playoff competition.
Beyond Matthias Suarez and Lucas Biglia of Argentina and Brazil's Kanu, Anderlecht also relied on its steady U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan to dominate the league for most of the season.
After the final whistle at the Vanden Stock stadium, Anderlecht players were joined in the celebrations by Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku, who played two games for the Brussels club earlier this season before moving to London.
If Bayern Munich beats Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final, Anderlecht will qualify directly for the group phase in the competition next season.
It was Anderlecht's second title in three years and both times, coach Ariel Jacobs was in the dugout.
After a good start to the season, midfield mainstay Biglia hurt his shoulder and needed an operation. But he came back in the second half of the campaign to once again stamp his authority on the team.
After a lack of discipline sidelined him for part of the year, Brazil's Kanu came back strongly in the playoffs with four goals in a five-game stretch to keep Anderlecht on track.


Updated : 2021-10-28 00:04 GMT+08:00