Another draw in Champions' play-offs

THURSDAY, 13 MAY 2021, 13:25 - lajoya
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GAMES Anderlecht has left the field of Genk with a 1-1 draw. It played good before half time and led with a goal from Ait El Hadj. After the break, the Purple & White could no longer maintain that level, but Genk could barely threaten. Onuachu nevertheless scored the equalizer when he was given way too much freedom from the Anderlecht defense for once. The Purple & White does not make much progress with a point, but they can look back on a solid match.

Although the game started fifteen minutes later due to VAR problems, the players were looking forward to it. The game went up and down smoothly. For Genk, Onuachu was dangerous, for the Purple & White Ashimeru could kick on goal twice. Genk, however, found it more difficult to threaten Verbruggen while Anderlecht started to make better use of the space that Genk left.

After half an hour, Cullen captured the ball that reached Ait El Hadj via some intermediate stations. The winger took Vandevoort against his feet and certainly did not take the lead unjustly for Anderlecht. Genk responded with a shot from Ito that was saved by Verbruggen. In the counterattack that followed immediately after, Cullen sent a nice deep ball to Verschaeren who could go to the goal, but his finish was very sloppy. Anderlecht could rest after a good first half.

Genk had to get into the match better after the break if it did not want to bury its title ambitions prematurely. However, the first ten minutes did not change. Anderlecht kept on receiving Genk quite easily. A good deviation from Onuachu launched Ito, but the Japanese shot high over. In minute 66 it was suddenly hit for Genk. Ito now served Onuachu, who got far too much space from the Purple & White defense and headed the equalizer in goal. Just before that, Nmecha had been replaced, possibly because of too much discomfort. Amuzu, his substitute, had the opportunity to kick the Purple & White ahead again, but his attempt deviated in a corner.

Although there were no more real chances, Anderlecht continued to believe in its chances. The substitute Dauda fired weakly at Vandervoort. Mykhailichenko tried it all out after a good ball from Sambi, but the post got in the way. Same scenario on the other side. Arteaga hit the bar after a corner. These were the last two achievements of both teams so that Anderlecht draws again in the Champions play-offs.

Anderlecht played a strong first half that could be crowned with a goal from El Hadj. After the break it kept Genk away from the goal quite easily, but it also got much more difficult chances. A moment of inattention was enough for Onuachu to equalize. With the draw, Anderlecht does not make much progress in itself, but it does keep Genk and Antwerp in their sights.

Score: 1-1
Goal(s): 0-1 Ait El Hadj (32 '), 1-1 Onuachu (66')

Racing Genk: Vandevoort, Cuesta, Lucumi, Muñoz, Heynen, Arteaga, Hrosovsky, Thorstvedt, Ito, Bongonda, Onuachu
Anderlecht: Vandevoort, Cuesta, Lucumi, Muñoz, Heynen, Arteaga, Hrosovsky, Thorstvedt, Ito, Bongonda, Onuachu

Yellow: Muñoz (45 '), van den Brom (57'), Hrosovky (62 '), Sambi Lokonga (65'), Lucumi (78 '), Heynen (78')

Referee: Nathan Verboomen
Stadium: Luminus Arena

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