Nigeria players abroad: Dennis continues fine form in Jupiler League playoffs as Club Brugge break 21-year Anderlecht jinx

Emmannuel Dennis was on target as Club Brugge recorded their second consecutive victory of the Jupiler Pro League Championship playoffs and first Jupiler Pro League win at Anderlecht in over 20 years on Thursday night.

The 21-year old winger continued where he left off against Gent in their opening playoff match — where he provided two assists in the 3-0 win over the Buffaloes — by putting the visitors 2-0 up with a cool finish after being put through by Hans Vanaken four minutes after the half-hour mark.

The Nigeria U23 international controlled Vanaken’s low pass inside the box before placing his effort into the bottom left corner for his first goal of the playoffs, taking his goals tally to six in 19 league games.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but was later allowed after the referee consulted VAR.

Brazilian striker Wesley Moraes unsettled the hosts five minutes into the game with a thumping header off Siebe Schrijvers’ cross, after the Belgian intercepted a weak pass by goalkeeper Thomas Didillon meant for Ivan Obradovic.

Anderlecht reduced the deficit 19 minutes into the second period through Pieter Gierkens, with Congo DR and former Crystal Palace winger, Yannick Bolasie providing the assist.

Dutch winger Arnold Groeneveld, who replaced Dennis in the 74th minute, scored Brugge’s third with three minutes left on the clock.

Adrien Trebel’s struck in the first minute of injury time. However, the goal served as a mere consolation for the home side.