There may still be a nice end to Genk’s weak season. The Limburgers take the lead in the Europe play-offs after a victory against KV Mechelen. Substitute Theo Bongonda crowned himself the match winner with two goals.
Genk – KV Mechelen in a nutshell:
- Key moment: Rob Schoofs seems to save a point for KV Mechelen with a vicious free kick. Three minutes later, however, Bongonda does the same in a match that was full of plot twists. †
- Man of the match: Theo Bongonda was probably a bit annoyed that he was not allowed to start. He just made an excellent comeback. The winger scored after just 2 minutes. A few minutes later, he also scored a nice free kick.
- Remarkable: KV Mechelen has to wait a while for a win in Genk. It has been since October 18, 2009 that Malinwa was able to triumph on Genk soil.
Good start from the visitors
The (provisional?) lead was at stake in Genk tonight. KV Mechelen sniffed at that spot with a good opening phase. Schoofs was close to a goal, but Vandevoordt put a stop to it with an outstretched toe. The goal fell on the other side. Ito saw Muñoz wipe his flank and he didn’t miss.
After the break, the fans in attendance got their money’s worth. Hairemans first hit the bar, but not much later he made the nets vibrate. Genk then had to wait for Bongonda’s offensive impulses. Two minutes after his substitute, our compatriot shot in across the corner.
Mechelen springs straight, but Genk trots on
Not that the cups went down with the visitors. On the contrary. With a genius idea, Schoofs put his club back on the same level on a free kick. Redo everything again.
“I can do that too”, Bongonda must have thought. Less than three minutes later, Genk received a free kick at a good distance from Coucke’s goal. Still, Bongonda managed to beat Malinwa’s goalkeeper a second time. The wall of Mechelen promptly opened completely.
In the ultimate final Paintsil completely secured the Genk victory. Genk is currently in the lead in the Europe play-offs. Gent of course still has to play against Charleroi.
Vrancken: “3rd goal is a rookie mistake”
Wouter Vrancken: “That third goal against is a beginner’s mistake. The wall just opens completely. As a result, Coucke can no longer reach that ball. That is a shame, because otherwise you will go home with something. That wall must simply remain standing. Bongonda then kicks straight. in the wall and we are talking about a bad free kick. Now a goal flows.”
Theo Bongonda: “I don’t know if I’m the man of the match. I think the most important thing is that we won. If they need me, I try to contribute something. I have nothing to prove to anyone.”