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KRC Genk shot itself in the foot and let maximum slip against ten-man Cercle Brugge

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As expected, Wouter Vrancken stuck with his winning starting eleven, while Somers had to drop out at Cercle after suffering a concussion during the last training.

Unlike in the competition match in the Cegeka Arena, the home team was not bluffed by the Bruges pressing. The ball immediately went around quickly, resulting in an early shooting opportunity for Arokodare after a failed queue from Utkus. However, Warleson did not get into trouble yet.

Number ten from Tolu

Not yet. Just after fifteen minutes, however, the ball hit the ropes. Thanks to one of the quick flank changes that disrupted the Cercleblok. The attack started on the right, where El Ouahdi regularly took the measure of Ravych. Via El Khannouss and Ait El Hadj, Kayembe was found on the left, whose measured cross was headed in by the incoming Arokodare: 1-0.

Number ten for Tolu, the Genk lead was deserved. As expected, it was not easy to play football, but the times the home team came out, the alarm bells rang. Such as ten minutes before half-time, when a poor clearance from Cercle was quickly punished by El Khannouss, who put the ball just wide.

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Strong Genks block

An opportunistic backheel from Denkey and a cross ball from Minda: the visitors were unable to achieve more offensively in a lackluster first half. That was largely the merit of the Genk block, with three secure defenders and an omnipresent Galarza as a vacuum cleaner for them.

A volley from Ait El Hadj, deflected by substitute Popovic, opened the debate just after half-time. It was not a harbinger of more goal danger, Genk limited themselves to controlling and Cercle barely found an opening.

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Red for Popovic

This wait-and-see attitude also entailed a risk. The frequent possession of the ball increased Cercle’s confidence and the first chance arose on the hour mark. Minda rolled Kayembe and found Denkey at the first post, who was unable to aim his deviation inside the posts. Much more dangerous, however, was Genk’s reaction, with Galarza reaching Kayembe at the far post via a Cercle leg. Warleson kept his team in the match with a nice save.

Yet Cercle’s chances of winning points diminished fifteen minutes before the end. Popovic brought down Arokodare who had broken through and was sent off.

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Dure blunder

Racing on roses, it seemed. But just three minutes later, the home team shot themselves in the foot – not for the first time this season. Sadick kicked a harmless ball wide, forcing Vandevoordt to throw himself at Olaigbe’s feet. The problem was for the Bruges striker, who out of nowhere was allowed to kick the 1-1 into the empty goal.

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Because Warleson knocked McKenzie’s header out of his goal in injury time, Genk was stuck at a draw. Two valuable points were lost and the race towards the leaders was slowed down. Too bad for next Saturday’s top performance against Anderlecht.

KRC GENK: Vandevoordt – Sadick, Cuesta, McKenzie – El Ouahdi, Galarza, Hrosovsky, Kayembe – El Khannouss, Ait El Hadj – Arokodare.

CERCLE BRUGES: Warleson – Siquet, Utkus, Daland, Ravych – Van der Bruggen, Lopes da Silva – Felipe Minda, Lemarechal, Felipe Augusto – Denkey.

REPLACEMENTS: 46′ Ravych and Lemarechal by Popovic and Olaigbe, 66′ Ait El Hadj by Bonsu Baah, 79′ Felipe Augusto by Francis, 85′ Sadick by Fadera, 86′ Minda by De Wilde.

GOALS: 18′ Arokodare 1-0, 78′ Olaigbe 1-1.

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YELLOW CARDS: 17′ Ravych (obstruction), 71′ Daland (protest), 87′ Van der Bruggen (repeated fouls), 89′ Francis (dangerous tackle).

RED CARDS: 75′ Popovic (take down through Arokodare).

SPECTATORS: 18,361

REFEREE: Lawrence Visser.

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