KRC Genk was the only Belgian victor in the Europa League

Three Belgian teams were in action in the group stage of the Europa League on Thursday evening. KRC Genk was the only one of our teams that picked up points with a well-deserved 2-0 win at home against the Swedish side Malmö. Sporting Anderlecht put in a lacklustre performance and were beaten 1-0 by the Slovak club Spartak Trnava. Standard de Liège suffered at 5-1 humiliation away at Seville.

Goals by Trossard on 38 minutes and Samatta on 73 minutes were enough to see a strong KRC Genk see off Malmö.

The Sweeds found the back of the net in the latter stages off the second half. However, the goal was (correctly) adjudged to be off-side and the score remained 2-0 in KRC Genk’s favour.  

Sporting Anderlecht’s poor form continues

Sporting Anderlecht’s run of poor results continued into their first Europa League group stage match. After having picked up just 1 point from their last 3 league games, the team that finished 3rd in last season’s Belgian First Division was beaten 1-0 by the Slovak side Spartak Trnava.

The only goal of the game on 80 minutes when Matej Oravec found the back of the net for Trnava.

Seville were out of Standard’s League

The Belgian Cup Winners Standard de Liège were out-played and outclassed by Seville in Spain on Thursday evening. The 5-1 score line was a good reflection of the run of play.     

Éver Banega opened the scoring for Seville after just 8 minutes of play. Moussa Djenepo equalized for Standard on 40 minutes. Franco Vazquez made it 2-1 to Seville 3 minutes later. The second half was pretty much one way traffic that showed all too clearly the difference in quality between La Liga and the Belgian First Division.

Two goals from Ben Yedder (photo below) on 50 and 71 minutes and an Éver Banega penalty on 75 minutes dispelled any hope that Standard might have had of taking anything from the game.