Anderlecht defender Jan Vertonghen was left frustrated after his side twice lost the lead to draw 2-2 at home with FCSB in the Europa Conference League. Speaking after the game, Vertonghen said “We wanted to win here and make a fresh start. It was a perfect opponent to fuel confidence, to impose our will and dominate at home. But we failed to do that“.
As reported by Het Nieuwsblad, the experienced Belgian international went on to say “Substitutions happen and then you have to transfer the instructions. That’s the basics. Mentality and copying instructions: that’s where it starts. Those are childish mistakes.”
Anderlecht took the lead in Brussels through 21 year-old Yari Verschaeren, but were pegged back after the break when half-time substitute Andrea Compagno scored. Vertonghen then regained the lead for the home side in the 75th minute, but just seven minutes later Cameroonian defender Joyskim Tchakonte scored another equaliser for the away side. This was the first game in charge for Robin Veldman, who is taking charge after the sacking of Felice Mazzu at the weekend.
Anderlecht now face an uphill task to qualify. If Sikeborg do the unlikely and beat West-Ham, they will be out of Europe. If not, they will have to beat the Danish side away from home. FCSB lost back to back games to the Danes 5-0.