Islam Slimani off the mark as Anderlecht keep slim hopes of European football alive

Winter signing Islam Slimani scored his first goal for Anderlecht as the Mauves beat Sint-Truiden 3-1 at home on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Benito Raman and a second in two matches from Anders Dreyer was enough for Brian Riemer’s side to take all three points. Belgian striker Gianni Bruno came off the bench to grab a consolation goal for the away side, giving him 11 for the season.

Slimani was only introduced by Riemer in the 77th minute, replacing former Fortuna Dusseldorf and Schalke 04 striker Benito Raman. Four minutes later he got his first goal in purple thanks to an assist from Francis Amuzu. This was the 23-year-old Amuzu’s fourth assist in the league this season.

The win at Lotto Park means that Anderlecht close the gap to play-off two to just one point, with Sint-Truiden between them and Cercle Brugge in 8th. They are also now just five points behind Gent in fifth place. If the side want to have any chance of European football, they must find themselves in the top eight by the end of the season.

For new head coach Riemer this is now just one loss in the previous five. They have beaten RFC Seraing, Oostende and now Sint-Truiden during that time, as well as drawing 0-0 with high flying Antwerp.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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