Already certain of a place in the next round, the Racing Genk Coach Mario Been gave some of his younger players their first taste of European football in Thursday evening’s match against the Swiss side Thun.
It was Captain Jelle Vossen that scored the winning goal for Genk on Thun’s artificial pitch after 32 minutes of play.
The Limburgers appeared to have gone one up on 10 minutes through Schrijvers. However, the Romanian referee disallowed the goal for handball.
Although Thun increased the pressure as the match wore on, Genk was able to maintain its lead until the end of the game. Racing Genk goes through to the next round as leader of Group G with 14 points from 6 games.
Disappointment for Zulte Waregem
Good results in their previous 2 Europa League games had left Zulte Waregem with high hopes of progressing to the next stage of this season’s Europa League.
However 2 goals by Roebin Kazan late in the second half in Bruges on Thursday evening shattered that dream. Roebin Kazan’s opening goal game from a Natcho penalty on 79 minutes.
With the visitor’s second goal coming from Rondon 4 minutes from time. Maribor’s 2-1 home win against Wigan means that they rather than Zulte Waregem join Roebin Kazin in the next round.
Standard beaten again
Despite taking the lead in the first half through Mbombo, Standard de Liège lost their final European match of the season against IF Elsborg 3-1 in Liège on Thursday evening. Elsborg’s goals came from Nilson (42 and 47 minutes) and Beckman on 53 minutes. Standard finish bottom of Group C with just 1 point from 6 games.