Anderlecht will not be fooled by Mechelen
The lineups of both teams bore the marks of the cup. At Anderlecht, there was little reason to adjust much after the semifinal qualification. Only Delcroix and Lawrence were able to work in the base. Mechelen looked completely different after the hopeless elimination in Genk with no fewer than five fresh names.
Wouter Vrancken promised an assertive Malinwa and we got that in the opening phase. However, after a shot by Defour and a header by Vranckx, the energetic start of the visitors was over and Anderlecht took over the direction and the ball.
Opportunities also emerged. Diaby slipped through the offside trap and bumped into Thoelen, after which Nmecha shot the rebound rather awkwardly next to a beckoning target. On the other side there was still a Mechelen option. Sjved surprised Wellenreuther with a slide that just went wide. Amuzu was half off balance when he lashed out.