Only KRC Genk take point for Europa League group stage game

Three Belgian teams were in Europa League group stage action on Thursday evening. Sporting Anderlecht’s 2-0 defeat at hands of Fenerbaçhe means that they have the dubious honour of becoming the first team to be knocked out of the competition despite still having 2 games to go. 

Later in the evening Standard de Liège also lost 2-1 away against the Russian club Krasnodar, after having given away a one-goal advantage. KRC Genk are still lead their group after a 1-1 home draw against Besiktas.

Anyone that believed that last weekend’s away win at Waasland Beveren meant that Sporting Anderlecht’s woes are behind them was sadly mistaken.

Despite controlling much of the game Anderlecht were unable to score. This failure was punished big time in the second half when Mathieu Valbuena scored for Fenerbaçhe on 72 minutes. His team mate Michael Frey made it 2-0 on 75 minutes and it was over and out. Anderlecht’s Zakaria Bakkali was sent off on 80 minutes for his second bookable offence of the game.

The result leaves Anderlecht with just 1 point from 4 games. They are bottom of their group 6 points behind Fenerbaçhe that are 2nd. Sporting Anderlecht will play no further part in the Europa League once the group stage is over. 

Standard throw away lead

Despite taking the lead in the first half through a Carcela goal on 20 minutes, Standard de Liège were beaten 2-1 by the Russian side Krasnodar on Thursday evening. Both Krasnodar’s goal came in the space of three minutes.

Subsitute Suleymanov levelled the score on 80 minutes with Wanderson making it 2-1 to Krasnodar on 83 minutes. Standard are third in their group with 6 points from 4 games.

This is 3 points less than second-place Seville and the group leaders Krasnodar that both have 9 points.

KRC Genk still in pole position

Racing Genk still lead Group I after taking a point from their home game against the Turkish side Besiktas. Besiktas had lead for much of the game after a 17th minute goal from Quaresma. Sander Berge’s 88th minute goal for Genk ensured that the points were shared.

KRC Genk lead Group I with 7 points from 4 game. Besiktas are bottom of the group with four points.