GAMES RSC Anderlecht started Play-Off 1 with a 3-0 loss at Racing Genk. Heavy figures, but those could have been higher. The leader showed itself several classes better, created a lot of opportunities and hit the wood a few times. Genk thus also becomes title candidate number 1. Thursday, Club Brugge awaits. With our ladbrokes promo code you can already bet on the result.
Coach Fred Rutten sent the familiar eleven names to the field in the Luminus Arena in Genk, but from the start they had to undergo the law of the strongest. We had to wait for big chances, but they came through a ball on the post of Trossard and shots from Heynen and Malinovskiy. On the other side, a deviated shot by Kara Mbodj almost caused the surprise.
The 1-0 fell on the half hour. After a bad kick from Didillon, Samatta headed the ball back in front of the goal and right back Maehle came attentively. Verschaeren and co gave him complete freedom to head the ball past Didillon, who came too late. Not much later, Samatta also found the pole on his way. The 1-0 at half time was therefore deserved.
After the break, Anderlecht seemed to be picking up again. Kara came just too late on a corner and Verschaeren scooped the ball just over the goal. The purple-white impulse quickly subsided again when Ito scored a nice 2-0. Rutten responded and brought Amuzu and Trebel for Zulj and Santini. However, this did not have much effect. Malinovskyi encountered Didillon and Verschaeren hit the outside of the pole. Ten minutes before time, Paintsil put the final score on the board. His shot went in the short corner through the legs of an unfortunate Didillon: 3-0.
If there were any title dreams, these can be stored immediately. Purple & White will have to work again on Thursday. Immediately a new heavy-duty assignment awaits, namely at home against Club Brugge (second in the ranking). A victory is then necessary to stay in the running for place three and a European ticket.
Goal (s): 32 'Maehle (1-0), 55' Ito (2-0), 79 'Paintsil (3-0)
Racing Genk: Vukovic, Maehle, Dewaest, Lucimi, De Norre (73 'Uronen), Berge (82' Piotrowski), Heynen, Malinovskyi, Ito (79 'Paintsil), Trossard, Samatta
RSC Anderlecht: Didillon, Appiah, Kara, Lawrence, Obradovic, Kums, Zulj (63 'Trebel), Gerkens, Verschaeren (83' Saelemaekers), Bolasie, Santini (63 'Amuzu)
Yellow: 45 'Kums, 75' Samatta
Referee: Nicolas Laforge
Stadium: Luminus Arena