An evening of mixed fortunes

It was an evening of mixed fortunes for Belgian teams competing in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening. Racing Genk tops Group G after a two-all draw against Rapid Wien in Vienna. A place in the knock-out stage of the competition will depend on how the Limburgers perform against Dynamo Kiev in their penultimate group stage game on in Genk 28 November. Zulte Waregem’s 1-0 win away at Maribor means that they too can dream of the knock out stage. Meanwhile, Standard can kiss European football goodbye after their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Red Bull Salzburg.

Racing Genk took some early pressure from the Austrians before opening the scoring from the penalty spot through Kanu on 29 minutes.

The Limburgers were awarded the spot kick after the Rapid Wien keeper brought down De Ceulaer inside the box. Vossen had a chance to make it 2-0 to the visitors a little later but his effort went just wide.

Rapid Wien turned things around with two goals from Boyd on 41 minutes and in the 3rd minute of injury time to make for a half time score of 2-1 in Rapid Wien’s favour.

The second half saw Rapid Wien in the driving seat. However, it was Racing Genk that scored the half’s only goal when Buffel (photo) found the back of the net on 62 minutes.

Thorgan Hazard gives Zulte Waregem fresh hope

A 1-0 victory away against the Solvak side Maribor has breathed new life into Zulte Waregem’s Europa League hopes.

Zulte Waregem’s goal came from a Thorgan Hazard penalty after 30 minutes of play in the first half. Last season’s Belgian League runners-up were awarded the spot-kick after Maribor’s Viler brought down Conte inside the box.

Zulte Waregem withstood pressure from Maribor throughout much of the second half, but an alert Bossut was on hand to deny the Slovaks.

Zulte Waregem have 4 points from 4 games, just a point behind the second-placed team in Group D Wigan Athletic who they play in the penultimate match of the group stage on 28 November.

Exit Standard

The Belgian First Division leaders Standard de Liège will play no part in the knock-out stage of this season’s UEFA Europa League.

A 3-1 defeat at a home against Red Bull Salzburg put the final nail into the coffin of Standard’s European campaign. Salzburg's opening goal came on 42 minutes from Švento and from Kampi on the stroke of half time.

An Mpoku goal gave Standard fresh hope on 56 minutes. However, an Alan goal for Salzburg 3 minutes later put the match beyond the home side’s reach. Standard have just one point from 4 games, 8 points behind their next opponents Esbjerg.

The match against Esjberg on 28 November and the final group stage match on 12 Dececember will be Standard’s last European matches of the 2013-14 season.