Racing Genk’s first home game turned out to be a disappointment. A gem from Ito seemed enough for the victory and a perfect report, but OH Leuven fought to a second point in as many matches in the final phase.
Genk – OH Leuven in a nutshell:
- Key moment: In minute 95 Myny is still run over by Maehle. For the same money, the ball is placed on the dot and Genk is left without points.
- Man of the match: Just write down Thomas Henry. The Frenchman was always available for his teammates and did not unjustifiably equalize.
- Remarkable: It is only the second time that OH Leuven has managed to grab a point from Genk. And that was already back in 2012, also then due to a late equalizer. Is Ibou Sawaneh telling you anything else?
Dominant Genk survives Leuven injections
After the first day of play, Genk was one of the six teams with three points in the pocket. Against Zulte Waregem, Onuachu and Dessers rectify a skewed situation. Opponent OH Leuven did not get past Eupen on the opening matchday and could be happy with a point afterwards. The signal for Marc Brys to kick off half a new team.
That kick-off was the start of 45 minutes one-way traffic. Genk claimed the ball, but the home team did not come to full chances. A busy Bongonda – back from quarantine – dribbled and fired to his heart’s content, but new goalkeeper Iversen did not have to bring out miracle saves.
The best chances were before half time even for OHL, which only broke out a few times. Halfway through the first half, Hubert split open the Genk defense, but debutant Vekemans ran into a great save by Vukovic. About ten minutes later, Cuesta came back in time to thwart an inner ticker from Sowah.
A pale Cyriel Dessers had some left in the lock. Five minutes before half time, the new Genk striker took care of the flattered lead, but the VAR eliminated the 1-0 by offside of the goalscorer. In the final minute, Dessers seemed to be at the gun again, but he forgot to run into the ball and thus missed an easy goal.
OHL equalizes and does not receive a penalty
Hannes Wolf’s answer to the lack of target opportunities was to bring in Paul Onuachu, although the impact of that intervention was smaller than last week. Genk had to count on a flash and it came from Junya Ito’s foot. The little Japanese squeezed in nicely and conjured a great shot from his left foot, 1-0.
OHL could not offer more than a mediocre shot from Henry as resistance. The home team wanted to play the game without too much risk and that seemed to work for a long time. A nice attack via Ito and Muñoz even provided the double lead, although the VAR quickly turned it back after another offside.
The game seemed to be heading for a dry 1-0 until Henry disbanded his demons again. Sowah lobbed the ball through Mercier’s head to the bumpy striker, who got the ball past Vukovic in two times. In the absolute end, OHL even seemed to return to Leuven with the full booty when Myny was run over in the box. No penalty kick according to referee Vergoote and the VAR, making it a justified 1-1.