Charleroi was in attacking mood and was by far the better side during the first half. However, the despite having plenty of chances, including a penalty kick that was saved, the Zebras failed to score.
A De Carmargo header was Genk’s only chance of the first half. Baby’s shot on the rebound put Charleroi 1-up two minutes before half time. Charleroi started the second half on the offensive and soon widened their. Perbet did the honours on 50 minutes.
Genk brought in Samatta and Bailey to improve their strike power. However this proved to be to no avail and the match degenerated into a series of fouls and injuries. Sporting Charleroi go into the second leg in Genk on Sunday with a two-goal advantage.
The winner of the two-leg final earns a place in the preliminary round of next season’s UEFA Champions League.