Genk sees the winning goal hit the post in the closing seconds and has to be satisfied with a point against Fiorentina

Genk sees the winning goal hit the post in the closing seconds and has to be satisfied with a point against Fiorentina

KRC Genk opened the Conference League with a very nice draw (2-2) against the Italian top club Fiorentina. The four goals came at a standstill, Arokodare’s winning goal hit the post in injury time.

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Wouter Vrancken surprised with a starting place for Sadick at the expense of Cuesta, and compared to Union, Arteaga was preferred to Kayembe and Fadera replaced the suspended Paintsil. As expected, Fiorentina had seven different players in the starting line-up than against Atalanta, which hardly changed anything in terms of quality. One of the newcomers was 27-year-old midfielder Arthur Melo, ex-Liverpool, Juventus and Barcelona plus 22 A-caps for Brazil.

Sledgehammer blow after six minutes

The home team opened strongly, Galarza and El Khannouss provided an early Genk dominance with a lot of confidence on the ball. It made the Florentine sledgehammer blow even harder after just six minutes.

Ranieri was allowed to head a corner kick at the far post freely towards goal. Vandevoordt only got a (too) weak left hand against the strong bend and the ball fluttered in front of McKenzie’s nose and a grabbing Vandevoordt clumsily over the goal line: 0-1.

Gevat antwoord van Zeqiri

The heavy blow did not upset KRC Genk. On the contrary, the home team continued to tap and move quickly. And was quickly rewarded for that. Less than five minutes after the opening goal, the signs were already up. Again after a standstill phase, this time a perfectly placed free kick from an impressive El Khannouss beat the Fiorentina defense. McKenzie’s header still got stuck in the box, but goalkeeper Zeqiri was quick to live up to his reputation: 1-1.

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Another fatal corner

The two quick goals rewarded two teams that went into battle with a lot of energy and high pressing. It provided an attractive spectacle, in which Genk again had to chase halfway through the first half.

Again after an Italian corner, which came after an erratic Fadera lost the ball too easily. Milenkovic headed Biraghi’s deflecting corner kick to the far post, where Ranieri again appeared like a devil out of a box to make it 1-2. At first glance it appeared offside, but that was canceled out by Galarza, who was inches behind Ranieri at the first post.

Italian theater

El Khannouss, who happily and eagerly demonstrated his talent in front of Europe, scored another free kick, after which goalkeeper Christensen was trumped by the high-rebounding McKenzie. However, the American’s header flew over. For example, Genk was not sufficiently rewarded for an excellent first half, in which the dangerous actions became scarcer towards the half-time signal.

With Bonsu Baah for Fadera, Vrancken wanted to look for the equalizer, but that endeavor was slowed down by an old-fashioned Italian theater performance, in which the visitors fell to the ground at the slightest contact and kept the clock ticking as far as possible. Referee Stéphanie Frappart, who had put in an almost perfect performance before half time, was caught too easily, making it almost impossible to develop any pace.

Fourth stationary phase

The second half became a pale imitation of the first. The home team had difficulty putting pressure on Fiorentina and had to take more and more risks. They were almost punished by substitute Nzola, who headed over from close range.

This way, Genk stayed in the match and could look for the deserved equalizer. Successfully! The fourth goal of the evening also fell on a stationary phase, and again ‘man of the match’ El Khannouss provided the perfect assist. McKenzie ran away from the back of Sadick on the turning corner kick and headed in untenably: 2-2.

An eager Genk wanted even more, but Arokodare’s deserved winning goal hit the post in injury time.

KRC Genk starts the group stage of the Conference League with a good draw. The first away match will follow in two weeks at the Serbian Cukaricki, who lost 3-1 to Ferencvaros.

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