Kljestan scores first UCL group stage goal in Anderlecht defeat

Kljestan scores first UCL group stage goal in Anderlecht defeat

UEFA Champions League

Kljestan scores first UCL group stage goal in Anderlecht defeat

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By DAN KARELL

Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan gave his club a nice moment in what was a miserable performance on Tuesday against Olympiakos and a miserable campaign in the UEFA Champions League.

In the 39th minute, former D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar lead a break down the left wing, seeing two teammates to his right. With a curled pass with the outside of Najar’s boot, the ball evaded two defenders and fell at the foot of Anderlecht midfielder Guillaume Gillet in front of goal. Unselfishly, instead of shooting, Gillet passed to Kljestan on his right, who finished easily into an open net.

It’s the first goal for the U.S. Men’s National team midfielder in the Champions League group stage, though Kljestan has scored in the qualifying rounds for Anderlecht in the past. Kljestan now has eight goals on the season in all competitions.

Unfortunately for the Belgian club, Olympiakos took the lead again in the 58th minute through Javier Saviola, who scored the first goal in the match as well. Olympiakos finished the match with a 3-1 victory over an Anderlecht side that finished with eight men on the pitch, after three players were sent off.

Here’s a video of the goal (after the jump):

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