The first hurdle on the way to the group stage has been cleared. Paide Linnameeskond proved more difficult to pronounce than to beat, although the Estonians did not give up easily.
It was even the home team that left its mark on the game in the opening quarter. After some quick counter-attacks from Paide, Hendrik Van Crombrugge had to wake up his team immediately.
Lior Refaelov had understood his goalkeeper’s message well, the Israeli thanked Felice Mazzu for his starting spot with an early goal. The Purple & White took the lead early on.
After that, Anderlecht controlled the game, Paide’s enthusiastic opening storm quickly died down.
A strong Francis Amuzu frolicked from his flank with the Estonian defence, but failed to create any real chances.
Until Lior Refaelov crowned his strong first half with a great assist. The former Golden Boot put Fabio Silva alone in front of goal. He thanked his teammate with a second goal for his new club. Match played.
If the first half didn’t really appeal to you, the second half was really a measure for nothing. Paide was unable to get the Anderlecht defense in trouble, the Purple & White were satisfied with the 0-2 lead.
In the end, dSubstitute Sebastiano Esposito had the best chance, but the Estonian goalkeeper whipped the ball out of his goal.
As a result, Anderlecht concluded its first European assignment of the season with an excellent starting position. It returns to Belgium with a 2 goal bonus, where the second part of the confrontation awaits next week.