Exciting Limburg derby ends 2-3 to Genk

After a break of just over three weeks play has resumed in the Belgian First Division. The first match of 2019 was the Limburg derby, a clash between the league leaders KRC Genk and the club currently 6th in the league Sint-Truiden. The match produced no fewer than 5 goals and provided an entertaining spectacle both for those that had braved the cold to watch the game in Sint-Truiden’s Stayen Staduim and for many thousands of others that watched the game on television at home or in a bar. 

The game had barely started when Jordan Botaka put Sint-Truiden a goal up. Genk were caught on the hop and seemed to be still in hibernation during the early stages of the game. They created nothing in the way of chance in front of goal until their leading scorer Samatta was able to beat the Sint-Truiden off-side trade and put Genk level on 29 minutes.

A little latter a collision between the Sint-Truiden keeper Kenny Steppe and Genk’s Dewaest left Steppe with a black eye. However, he managed to keep Genk at bay for another hour despite one of his eyes being half closed. The half ended 1-1.

Sint-Truiden took the lead again on 71 minutes through Aidoo. However, goals from Trossard on 75 minutes and Ndongola on 81 minutes meant that it was KRC Genk rather than Sint-Truiden that took all three points.

Such was the intensity of the Genk Coach Clement's (photo below) celebration of Ndongola’s goal that he was sent to the stand by the match referee Lawrence Visser.

The result sees KRC Genk widen their lead at the top to 10 points. Genk have 51 points from 22 games. Sint-Truiden are 6th with 33 points. However, the could slip back a couple of places depending on other results.