Genk holds-up in the Dudenpark and wins against inefficient Union, debutant Zeqiri immediately gets the chance

Genk holds-up in the Dudenpark and wins against inefficient Union, debutant Zeqiri immediately gets the chance

Genk won the match against Union with 0-2. Debutant Andi Zeqiri gave Genk the lead just after fifteen minutes, and in the absolute end Galarza secured the victory. Union certainly didn’t play badly, but the ball just wouldn’t go in.

Union and Genk both wanted to reconnect with a three-pointer after losing points before the international break, but that is of course not easy in top games like this.

Under the approving eye of Victor Boniface – ex-Union and immediately player of the month in the Bundesliga at Leverkusen – it was the people of Brussels who took the lead early on. Union were clearly the better team, but they lacked efficiency up front. In the opening quarter, both Eckert and Puertas had unique opportunities to take an early lead, but neither could frame his shot.

While Genk struggled to get out in front, they still took the lead just after fifteen minutes against the flow of play thanks to a goal by debutant Andi Zeqiri. Union defender Fedde Leysen was caught too easily in the back after a long ball from Heynen, and Zeqiri only had to tap in Paintsil’s cross. A goal that actually perfectly demonstrates that Union is not ‘Brighton B’: Zeqiri came over from Brighton this summer, and now opens his account in the Jupiler Pro League against… Union.

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Even after that cold shower, Union remained the better team. Despite the deficit, the people of Brussels played a more than decent match, but they just didn’t seem to be able to score. Sadiki – who played very strongly – and Eckert also came close, but it was the Limburgers who went to the changing rooms with a flattering lead.

Fewer opportunities

In the second half the pace slowed down a bit. Genk built in more security at the back, Union looked for the opening but found it less easy than in the first company.

We saw a lot of struggle, but opportunities became increasingly scarce. The ideal game image for the Genkies. Union coach Alexander Blessin intervened and sent two new strikers onto the field halfway through the second half: both Amoura and Nilsson came into the team, Union switched to a more attacking 3-5-2.

Genk holds-up in the Dudenpark and wins against inefficient Union, debutant Zeqiri immediately gets the chance

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Union made things go faster again, but the ball just didn’t want to go in for the people of Brussels. Puertas came close a few more times, but the Swiss Spaniard did not have his day. In the end, the best chance was for Amoura: the Algerian striker was very close to his first for Union, but his volley hit the post. Genk held out, and that can be called a small miracle.In the absolute final it even became 0-2 via Galarza. The Limburgers thus take a golden three-pointer, although that can be called very flattering.

Both teams have to compete again on Thursday: Genk hosts Fiorentina in the Conference League, Union takes on Toulouse in the Europa League.

Union: Moris, Mac Allister, Burgess, Leysen (67′ Amoura), Castro-Montes (87′ Teklab), Sadiki (79′ Rasmussen), Vanhoutte, Lapoussin, Lazare, Puertas, Eckert (68′ Nilsson)

Genk: Vandevoordt, Munoz, Cuesta, Sadick, Kayembe, Galarza, Heynen, El Khannouss (77′ Ouattara), Paintsil (58′ Fadera), Oyen (46′ Hrosovsky), Zeqiri (79′ Arokodare).

Goals: 17′ Zeqiri (Paintsil, 0-1), 90+3′ Galarza (Arokodare, 0-2)

Yellow cards: 29′ Oyen, 34′ Vanhoutte, 44′ El Khannouss, 45′ Munoz, 45+3′ Galarza, 51′ Paintsil, 56′ Kayembe

Red cards: no

Referee: Lawrence Visser

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