I took advantage of a trip to Brussels, with a friend, to see this women’s Superleague Vrouwenvoetbal fixture at Gemeentelijk Sportstadion, at Zaventem, right on the edge of Brussels Airport.
The ground has a modern clubhouse and covered seating all down the length of one side of the pitch. A major sound system, putting many English professional grounds to shame and a steady supply of electro versions of classic songs, which kept us feeling warm as we sat awaiting kick off!! (Much needed as the wind factor made the temperature feel like it was creeping back towards mid-winter scales!
Anderlecht Vrouwen came into the tie in second place with an impressive rate of 63 goals from 19 games. Gent Ladies sit just behind in fourth, although some 14 points and 25 goals behind their opponents.
In the 21st minute the home side were ahead with a sharp finish from Sarah Wijnants.
The remainder of the first half, saw chances for both sides, with Vatafu pulling the strings for the home side and dictating play. At the back for KAA Gent, Nia Elyn was strong and set up a number of through ball chances for Amber Maximus, that she just lacked the touch to finish.
At half time the home side carried a lead of a single goal into the break.
After the resumption of play in the 65th minute, Anderlecht’s Abi Thornton scored, after a fine cross from Buabadi, to put the home team 2-0 ahead.
On 75 minutes it was 2-1 when KAA Gent pulled one back, against the run of play, with Bodil Van Den Heuvil finishing with aplomb.
There were more chances for Anderlecht before the final whistle but no further goals. At full time it was Anderlecht who walked away with the three points.