Who can stop KRC Genk?

In the first of the weekend’s three Play-off I games, KRC Genk enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 home win against Antwerp on Friday evening. Depending on Club Brugge’s result in Sunday’s Battle of Flanders against AA Gent, KRC Genk could become this season’s League Champions next weekend when they travel to Bruges to taken on the West Flemings. 

What turned out to be a convincing victory came despite a slow start by Genk that were put under pressure by the visitors early on. Dieumerci Mbokani had an excellent chance to score for Antwerp 10 minutes in. However, despite being complete free in front of goal he placed the ball several metres wide and the score remained 0-0.

After a lacklustre first 15 minutes, Genk took control. Half way through the first half Antwerp’s Arslanagic handled the ball inside the box and Genk were awarded a penalty. Malinovski converted the spot kick and the home side was one-up on 25 minutes.

Genk could have extended their lead before half time. However, they waited until the start of the second half before they went 2-0 up. Samatta did the honours on 55 minutes. It was done and dusted 2 minutes later when Ito made it 3-0.

Genk’s fourth goal of the evening came after another penalty caused by another foul by Arslanagic inside the box. Heynen converted and the match ended 4-0 in KRC Genk’s favour.

After 7 Play-off I games and with 3 games still to play, KRC Genk have 50 points. This is 9 points more than Club Brugge, although the West Flemings don have a game in hand. Antwerp are 3rd with 36 points.  

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