Match report KRC Genk- KVC Westerlo
Today we headed to Genk, the current league leader, for a midweek match. In the starting eleven, we saw coach Jonas De Roeck make two changes from previous game against RFC Seraing. Mathias Fixelles and Tuur Dierckx were dropped into the starting lineup, taking the place of Lucas Mineiro and Halil Akbunar. It did not promise to be an easy match, Genk lost its first league game and has not lost a game since. With the exception of a draw against STVV, they managed to take the three points in all their other matches. With 27 goals scored and 11 goals against, they also have the best offense and defense in the league.
Line-up KVC Westerlo: S. Bolat, B. Reynolds, R. Seigers, R. Tagir, M. De Cuyper, N. Madsen, M. Fixelles, T. Dierckx, N. Chadli, L. Foster, D. Nene
Line-up KRC Genk: M. Vandevoordt, D. Munoz, C. Cuesta, M. McKenzie, J. Paintsil, B. Heynen, P. Hrosovsky,
A. Preciado, B. El Khannous, M. T. Ndayishimye, P. Onuachu
Genk got the lead early in the game. Heynen played Paintsil who got in front of Bolat in the small corner. Paintsil only had to control the ball and then kicked it into the nets, 1-0. On the quarter-hour mark, Genk doubled its lead. Munoz got the ball at the far post and only had to head in on an empty goal, 2-0.
In minute 22, our Kemphans got back into the game. Foster was brought down in the 16-meter area by Preciado. After consulting the var, the ref decided to put the ball on the spot. Dierckx converted the penalty kick into the tying goal by putting it into the bottom right corner.
Ten minutes later, however, Genk put their third goal of the evening on the scoreboard. Onuachu got the ball in low after which he outsmarted Bolat with a chop, 3-1.
Two minutes later we saw another penalty whistled, this time by the Limburgers’ side. Seigers made a mistake and pushed his man to the ground. After doubt by the var and the referee, the ball went on the spot. Again it was Onuachu who shook the nets.
In the extra time of the first half, we got a fifth goal. Munoz again headed the ball past Bolat so we went into the locker rooms with a hefty deficit.
Genk clearly had no intention of putting on the brakes just yet. With fast combination soccer, the ball was constantly played forward towards the fast flanks.
Everything that could go wrong went wrong. Nene was sent to the locker room with a red card after a mistimed tackle that landed squarely on Munoz’ foot. Our Kemphians had to continue with ten players for another half hour.
Coach Jonas De Roeck decided to take drastic measures and immediately substituted four players. Vaesen, Akbunar, Mineiro and Vetokele replaced Foster, Dierckx, Madsen and Chadli, respectively.
Westerlo still tried to find the Genk goal but kept bumping into the Limburgers’ strong defense. It seemed impossible to break through and the chances were impossible.
Genk extended the lead even further. Hrosovsky was able to dive into space and then Bolat turned over for the sixth time. With that, the match was played, we went down 6-1. On to the next match!
J. Paintsil 1-0 (7′)
D. Munoz 2-0 (15′)
T. Dierckx 2-1 (21′)
P. Onuachu 3-1 (32′)
P. Onuachu 4-1 (40′)
D. Munzo 5-1 (45+4′)
P. Hrosovsky (79′)