Racing Genk has further strengthened its leading position in the Jupiler Pro League. In Sunday’s squatter, the leader on the Bosuil defeated Antwerp 1-3. The number two in the standings was already 0-2 after half an hour after Genk goals from Heynen and Onuachu. Janssen softened to 1-2 just before the break, but after a nerve-wracking second half, Onuachu gave the final shot: 1-3.
With such a report, the children can always come home: Genk has 37 points after fourteen match days, which is already four more than first pursuer Antwerp.
The top match was pleasant, with the first highlight being the 0-1. It was millimeter work, but the VAR in Tubize was able to provide a definite answer after minutes of drawing lines: Bryan Heynen was not offside after all with his wonderful 0-1 after just under fifteen minutes of football. His sixth goal of the season for the Genk captain, and yet he may cherish it that little bit more. Not only because of the setting – a topper in the atmospheric Bosuil -, also and especially because of the production: a beautiful volley.
Antwerp had started the match well, it even got some chances, but it was the league leader who took the lead. Afterwards Antwerp was upset, it could not react immediately. It still escaped 0-2 – Onuachu missed the indispensable -, even if that was only a stay of execution. Butez did not process a corner well, the ball went over the line through De Laet’s upper body. Genk was simply better than Antwerp in that phase of the match.
There were already fears in the stands of a new disgrace, such as against Standard (then 3-0 after nine minutes), especially when Vincent Janssen failed to score the connecting goal twice. It seemed to be another frustrating afternoon in which everything failed, but in the end Janssen Vandevoordt was able to beat. The goalie did not look great at that stage, Janssen continued well and was lucid enough to make the right choice: 1-2, which was also the halftime score.
Looking for the equalizer
Antwerp shifted up a gear in the second half, often with a strong Janssen in the striker. The Dutchman served his compatriot Ekkelenkamp, who should have done better with the imposed chance: he decided to go ahead. It was more than once hot in front of the goal of Genk keeper Vandevoordt, who had to whip a bicycle kick from Gerkens from under his bar. In between, Munoz could be very satisfied that he escaped a second yellow card, Van Bommel was rightly angry.
Speaking of Van Bommel: just a few seconds after a triple substitution, with which he hoped to finally force the 2-2, just happened what was not his plan: on the other side the 1-3 fell. Onuachu headed in from across the corner – that’s still a strong attacker, say. Genk grabbed his moments, while Antwerp failed to do so, which made the difference in a nice topper.
The figures of Antwerp in recent weeks have been mediocre: lost three times in the last five games – against Genk it was nevertheless good. The Limburgers are unbeaten since the opening match day. Peter Croonen may say that the national title is not yet thought of in the blue and white, but these are the statistics of a champion. Genk is no longer able to hide.