Jess Thorup has to work hard at RC Genk. The Danish coach saw the offensive very frisky Limburgers yesterday unnecessarily lose points for their own audience against a sharp Ostend that took the lead early via McGeehan. Despite two hits from Onuachu, Ostend continued to play football confidently and after Toma’s exclusion, Gueye ruined Thorup’s overture with a striking header. Bringing defensive stability is the Dane’s motto. Where have we heard that before?
Jess Thorup was on Monday evening for his baptism of fire in the Luminus Arena. The Danish coach who, after his dismissal from AA Gent, was only able to rest briefly in his holiday home on the idyllic island of Fenø, went back to work at Racing Genk last week. The Limburg club board provided fireworks before the kick-off to emphasize the special character of the game.
But the match started dramatically for the home team because in the first attack by Ostend, Vandevoordt – replacement for corona victim Vukovic – was unable to handle a shot from Hjulsager, the well-followed McGeehan did not hesitate and kicked in unstoppable. Genk recovered wonderfully quickly from that early defeat because on the first solid flank pass from captain Maehle Onuachu headed his fourth goal of the season against the nets.
Genk and Ostend made it a very exciting first half and after half an hour a good save was needed from Hubert to keep Onuachu – again on the instructions of the industrious Maehle – from a second goal of the evening. The visitors freely and freely developed their familiar game and when Lucumi choked on an interception, Sakala was able to get away with it, but he decided hard on the face of Vandevoordt, who could continue after treatment.
After the break, Genk got off to a very energetic start. The Limburg offensive also immediately resulted in some corner kicks and this also resulted in a first VAR moment: an alleged hand game by McGeehan in his own VAR forced Vergoote to intervene and after consultation of the video images, ref Laforge also effectively gave an eleven meter to the home team. . Onuachu firmly put the ball on the dot and neatly kicked the ball past Hubert
‘Play the match calmly’, Thorup undoubtedly thought, but that plan was soon allowed to be thrown away when Toma went on too boldly on D’Arpino a little later: the Swiss midfielder was allowed to take a shower immediately and Genk had to continue for more than half an hour with ten. man. Ostend took courage from that numerical superiority but was too careless with the ball possession that Genk granted them. Vandevoordt had to be flat on an attempt by Ndicka.
But just when Genk regained control of the game, Gueye headed a Bataille cross past a hopeless Vandevoordt. Cuesta forced Hubert to make a masterful save, while D’Arpino also seared Vandevoordt’s fists with a powder, but the painful loss of points for the home team turned out to be inevitable. Thorup immediately realizes that there is still a lot of work to be done on the defensive organization of this Genk. Ostend got on the bus with a broad smile for the nightly bus ride towards the North Sea.
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