KRC Genk convincingly took the three points on a visit to Zulte Waregem. The Limburgers dominated from the start and thanks to a double kick from captain Heynen and goals from Munoz and Nemeth, the Essevee beat with clear 1-4 figures. With 9 out of 12, Wouter Vrancken can speak of a successful start at Genk.
The same Vrancken was forced to make two changes in Waregem compared to the win against Eupen a week earlier. We already knew that Cyriel Dessers would no longer be there after his transfer to Cremonese. An hour before kick-off, however, it turned out that Jhon Lucumi was not there at the Gaverbeek. The Colombian defender goes after Dessers to Italy and signed with Bologna. The young Andras Nemeth and Mark McKenzie were their replacements.
However, those two leavers didn’t seem to bother KRC Genk much, because the Limburgers started the last game of the fourth match day quickly and immediately grabbed the home team by the throat. That approach paid off too, as Nemeth soon scored a penalty after Tambedou rather clumsily shuffled him off the side of the box. Visser initially did not flinch, but after consultation with the VAR the ball went on the dot. Captain Brian Heynen took his responsibility and did not miss.
Despite the early deficit, Essevee initially tried to change the course. But after Bossut had already made two saves, a third attempt to double the score was a prize for the visitors: after a very nice counter – including an ingenious heel from El Khannouss – Nemeth was able to work the 0-2 past Bossut . Zulte Waregem looked very stable defensively in recent weeks, but it was very difficult against the fast and agile Genk front line. Youngsters Nemeth and El Khannouss showed themselves again several times, while Paintsil and Trésor also rushed past their opponent time and again as if they were not there.
Genk had the game firmly in their hands. Despite that dominance, Essevee had a flare-up just before half-time. First Vandevoordt went well on a shot by Dompé, but a few seconds later the goalie had to give in: Vossen squeezed well past his direct opponent on a cross from Ciranni and poked the connecting goal against the ropes. In Waregem they were already hoping for a comeback.
Heynen and Munoz deepen gorge
However, that hope quickly faded, because less than a minute after the 1-2, Heynen was able to deepen the gap again. Essevee did not defend vigorously enough, so the Genk captain was able to floor Bossut from the turn with a slider in the short corner.
With two substitutions, Mbaye Leye tried to turn the tide at the start of the second half. Striking: goalscorer Jelle Vossen was one of the victims of Mbaye Leye’s tactical choice. After all, with Tsouka’s input, the Senegalese chose to play with three – or five – in the back. Vigen also stayed in the dressing room for Miroshi. However, the substitutions did not bring much success, because after only five minutes of play, KRC Genk completely outplayed the home team. Munoz nodded a corner from Trésor from close by. 1-4, game played.
With a comfortable lead on the board, Genk took the foot off the accelerator, after which the biggest chances were still for Zale Waregem. Vandevoordt had to pull off an excellent parade to prevent Fadera from scoring and Dompé didn’t score a moment later either. In the absolute final phase, Stan Braem had two excellent opportunities to score his first professional goal, but each time he was stopped by a strong Vandevoordt. Castro put a deviated free kick against the post on behalf of Genk. Nevertheless, the score remained what it was in the end and Genk can again add three points. It climbs to second place after four matchdays. Essevee in turn hangs a bit at the bottom with 4 out of 12.
Zulte Waregem: Bossut, Ciranni (65′ Braem), Tambedou, Lopez, Drambaiev, Sissako (83′ Sangaré), Rommens, Vigen (46′ Miroshi), Fadera, Vossen (46′ Tsouka), Dompé (65′ Ramirez)
KRC Genk: Vandevoordt, Munoz, Cuesta, McKenzie, Arteaga, Hrosovsky (72′ Aziz), Heynen, El Khannouss (65′ Castro), Paintsil, Nemeth (72′ Onuachu), Trésor (84′ Galarza)
Goals: 9′ Heynen (penalty kick) 0-1, 25′ Nemeth (Munoz) 0-2, 43′ Vossen (Fadera) 1-2, 44′ Heynen 1-4
Yellow cards: 27′ Lopez, 48′ Tambedou, 63′ Hrosovsky, 65′ Rommens, 73′ Sissako, 73′ Leye, 82′ Arteaga
Red cards: /
Referee: Lawrence Visser
Spectator Number: 5892