The Genk Coach Mario Been opted for three central defenders. This saw the visitors somewhat overwhelmed by Standard. However, the league-leaders were unable to make anything of their numerous scoring opportunities.
Genk started to come into the game around about half way through the first half. There were chances (but no goals) from Vossen and Simaeys.
The best chance of the half fell to Standard’s Ezekiel after Mpoku had put the ball behind the Genk defenders the Nigerian headed over Van Hout’s goal. Two minutes earlier Ezekiel had had an effort saved by the KRC Genk keeper (photo).
The second half saw Standard push forward. Genk had a narrow escape when Mujangi Bia hit the bar. The Limburgers were also lucky that no penalty was given for Hyland’s foul on Ezekiel.
Two crazy minutes
Standard’s first goal came on 61 minutes when Mpoku (photo) shot the ball into the far corner of the goal. Just a minute later it was Mujangi Bia made it 2-0 to Standard with a shot that was deflected into goal by the post.
Mario Been brought in some fresh blood, but this did nothing to end Standard’s dominance. The home side went three up through a second Mujangi Bia goal 12 minutes from time and it seemed to be over and out for KRC Genk.
Joseph-Monrose scored a consolation goal just before the end of normal time to make for a final score of 3-1 to Standard. Standard de Liège tops the Belgian First Division with 44 points from 19 games. KRC Genk is 5th with 35 points.