Anderlecht saved by winning goal from reported Arsenal target Mitrovic

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Aleksandar Mitrovic was the hero for Anderlecht as he scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over Charleroi on Monday.

On Monday evening, Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic gave the Anderlecht fans a perfect Easter present by scoring the only goal of the game as the Brussels club beat Charleroi 1-0 in the Belgian League play-offs.

The Mirror reported last week that Arsenal were preparing a bid for the 20-year-old striker, and he has continued to show why so many clubs are being linked with a summer move.

His game winner on Monday was his 15th goal of the season for Besnik Hasi’s side and was the perfect start to their play-off campaign.

The goal came in the 63rd minute after the away side had done well to frustrate the 21,000 fans inside the Stade Constant Vanden Stock.

Centre-back Olivier Deschacht pushed forward, his through ball was delightfully flicked wide by Dennis Praet to the onrushing Frank Acheampong. The substitute got his head up and picked out Mitrovic, and the Serbian striker couldn't miss from close range.

Anderlecht dominated the game, with Charleroi only able to record two shots off target, but it would have been a disappointing start for one of the title favourites if they had dropped points so early in the play-off round.

Gent and Club Brugge also picked up wins in their opening games and it looks like that trio will fight it out for the league title. Anderlecht are joint on 32 points with Gent, with Club Brugge on 34 points, Standard Liege are a further five points behind the leaders with nine games to go.

Mitrovic was Belgium’s top scorer in the regular season, scoring 14 goals, and the young forward has consistently shown why he is one of Europe’s most sought-after strikers, if he fires Anderlecht towards the title a big money move beckons this summer.

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