Racing Genk survives more than half the game with ten men and takes victory and provisional leadership at OH Leuven

Racing Genk survives more than half the game with ten men and takes victory and provisional leadership at OH Leuven

It was sink or swim, but Racing Genk kept their heads above water. Despite a whole half with one man less, after a stupid red card for Cuesta, the Limburgers were able to hold on to their 0-1 lead from before half time at OH Leuven. Genk jumps to the leading position for the time being at the expense of Antwerp, which will be in action on Sunday.

The start was for OH Leuven, where Marc Brys adjusted his regular success team of the past few weeks in two places. Dom and Kiyine came for Patris and Tamari. Genk started with the same eleven as last week. After five minutes, Gonzalez kicked Cuesta’s arm. The ball landed on the spot. Kiyine claimed the penalty, but put it dramatically badly: much too weak and also right through the center. Goalkeeper Vandevoordt was able to pick up without any problems.

The home team continued to threaten after the missed penalty kick, while Genk took a wait-and-see attitude. That turned out to be a good move by the Limburgers, because they took the lead on fifteen minutes. Onuachu set up a one-two punch with Tresor, barely getting in the way. From the edge of the box, the Nigerian aimed into the far corner, with the help of an unlucky grabbing goalkeeper Cojocaru. It was Onuachu’s fourth goal in three games. The people of Leuven were unlucky that Pletinckx was just sidelined for treatment for a head injury. (Read more below the photo)

Photo: BELGA

OHL did not give in. He kept chasing the equalizer and always radiated threat. Just before half an hour De Norre went for a walk, but he decided on Vandevoordt. On the other side, Preciado aimed from afar, but his aim was wide. After that, the first half bled to death and there were few opportunities to note for a long time. Genk was, in contrast to the beginning of the game, the better and dominant team.

stupid red

Just before the break there was still something to experience. Preciado simply pushed Thorsteinsson to the ground in a scuffle and got a red card. Genk had to manage a whole half with one man less. Before the break, Vandevoordt headed a free kick from Kiyine just over. At the start of the second half there was an immediate chance for De Norre, who kicked over from ten meters. On a new free kick by Kiyine, the recently replaced Tamari was all alone, but he aimed for Vandevoordt. (Read more below the photo)

Racing Genk survives more than half the game with ten men and takes victory and provisional leadership at OH Leuven

Photo: BELGA

The pressure of OHL on the Genk defense was increasing. Just before the hour Maertens came in front of goal all by himself, but he kicked too weakly and didn’t get Vandevoordt in trouble. A moment later Tamari made another move, but he decided against. In the middle of the second half, the visitors started to participate again. Substitute Paintsil made an excellent cross, but Cojocaru was able to box away. Leuven immediately reacted with shots from Dom and Tamari, but Vandevoordt always stood in the way.

Except for a shot by De Norre, which ended up in the hands of Vandevoordt, OHL was unable to organize a final offensive. In the end it did too little with the prolonged man-more situation. Genk held their ground and is provisionally leader, Leuven remains fifth.

Goals: 16′ Onuachu 0-1 (Treasure)

OH Leuven: Cojocaru, Dom (87′ Patris), Pletinckx, Ricca, Kiyine (71′ Holzhauser), Malinov, De Norre, Mendyl (87′ Ouedraogo), Maertens, Thorsteinsson (46′ Tamari), Gonzalez

Racing Genk: Vandevoordt, McKenzie, Arteaga, Cuesta, Preciado, Heynen, Tresor (90′ Nemeth), Hrosovsky, Munoz, El Khannous (59′ Paintsil), Onuachu (75′ Samatta)

Yellow cards: 5′ Cuesta, 34′ Maertens, 43′ Thorsteinsson, 77′ Ricca

Red cards: 43′ Precious

Referee: Kevin Van Damme

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