In Brussels, the Belgium team Anderlecht won the European Football Cup Winners Cup Final on Wednesday (5 May) when they thoroughly outclassed the British team West Ham in the second half.
GV PAN(second half) West Ham (playing from left to right) break out of defence and lose ball. Van Der Elst scores goal to make it 2-1 to Anderlecht.
SV corner to West Ham. Ball breaks to Taylor shot saved by goalkeeper
SV Brooking crosses into area and Robson heads West Hams equaliser (2-2)
GV Anderlecht attack. Van Der Elst shoots but ball is saved
Sv throw-in taken by West Ham. Brooking louses possession. Rensenbrink passes to Van Der Elst for Anderlecht's fourth goal (4-2)
SV PAN Anderlecht players parading with cup
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Background: In Brussels, the Belgium team Anderlecht won the European Football Cup Winners Cup Final on Wednesday (5 May) when they thoroughly outclassed the British team West Ham in the second half.
Although Anderlecht ultimately deserved to become the first Belgium club to win a European competition, West Ham paved the way for their opponents 4-2 triumph with one crucial error.
The Londoners, playing with surprising confidence and enterprise appeared to have command after taking the lead with a goal in the 29th minute.
Then, three minutes before half time, a misjudged back pass by West Ham's Lampard left Day stranded, Ressel pushed the ball inside and Rensenbrink, after some hesitation placed it in the net.
After the retirement of Lampard, for West Ham at half time, Anderlecht began with new hope. Before West Ham had time to get back into stride Anderlecht had scored again.
In the 66th minute, West Ham equalised with a goal by Robson. But by now, they looked far from a winning combination.
Anderlecht saw their chance ad applied the pressure. First came a free kick and Rensenbrink took an easy goal.
Then a few minutes from the end of a memorable final, Rensenbrink again found Van der Elst with a long through pass and the little winger rounded to West Ham defenders before popping the ball into the net.
SYNOPSIS: Brussels, and local team Anderlecht is drawn one all at the start of the second half of the European Cup Winners Cup Final played on Wednesday night.
Anderlecht forged ahead quickly with a fine goal to Van Der Elst.
In the early part of he match the Londoners seemed to have a tight grip on the match but several misguided shots and lost chances let the cup slip away.
In the 66th minute, West Ham equalised with a goal by Robson, but Anderlecht were still playing the much better football.
Anuerlecht, now superbly confident in their ability to win the trophy began to produce the smoothly skilled football which had taken them to the final.
Time after time, the Belgiums exploited the gaps West Ham left behind as they stretched forward in a vain attempt to come back yet again.
Finally a few minutes from the end, Rensenbrink again found Van der Elst with a long through passed and the winger passed two West Ham defenders to score.
The final score - Anderlecht 4 West Ham 2