Genk strikes… then sinks to the Cercle: Groen & Zwart remain in the race for Europe!

Racing Genk scored first, but saw Cercle logically win this Saturday. The Groen & Zwart restarted the battle in fourth place.

Launch of the seventh day of Champions Play-Offs this Saturday evening, with a meeting between Cercle de Bruges and Racing Genk. An important duel in the battle for fourth place.

This meeting begins with a first big opportunity from Cercle, and from the top scorer, Kévin Denkey, who narrowly misses the recovery of a cross from Somers. The tone is set (6ᵉ). However, Racing will strike, on its first opportunity.

An unspectacular match, in which every opportunity is materialized

El Hadj finds El Ouahdi on the right side, who crosses. The ball is poorly cleared by the Cercle defense and returns to El Hadj, who scores with a superb outside foot. The former Mauve scored his second goal in these Champions Play-Offs (0-1, 9th). The Circle’s response was immediate. Long ball from Siquet towards Somers, who delivers for Lemaréchal, whose magnificent recovery, in one step, deceives Vandevoordt. (1-1, 12ᵉ). The two goals, scored in three minutes, are superb.

In the game, Groen & Zwart are dominant. The opportunities are not frequent, but the people of Bruges dominate the overall debates. They recover higher, have more situations, are more intense in duels, put pressure. If there is not much to enjoy from a spectacular point of view, the Circle has total control of the meeting… and will demonstrate it.

Lemaréchal recovers and launches Denkey on the left, whose low cross is slightly deflected and passes everyone, except Efekele, at the far post, who scores the first goal of his professional career (2-1, 25th).

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Le Cercle will continue its domination and, despite a good opportunity for El Ouahdi (45th), will take the break at the end of the half. Bad recovery from McKenzie and recovery from Lemaréchal, who launches Denkey. The attacker seems to want to strike, but crunches, the ball arrives towards Somers, who hurts Racing very badly (3-1, 45+6ᵉ).

Halftime was not enough to revive Genk, still dominated by Cercle, who put much more intensity in their game. Daland hits the bar, Denkey is blocked, but Cercle pushes.

Ravych, one of the men at the Cercle meeting

Muslic’s players are clinical, and punish Genk for their defensive mistakes. Fadera’s ball, freshly entered into the game, is too short and is recovered by Lemaréchal, who attacks the goal directly and serves Denkey, who scores after delivering two assists, and scores his 26th goal of the season (4-1, 60ᵉ).

The return of the excellent Ravych, almost man of the match despite the four goals scored by Cercle, ahead of Tolu (69th), is the symbol of this meeting. The will of the locals was superior, their victory is entirely deserved. Fifth, Cercle is just a short distance behind Racing Genk in fourth place. The podium, however, seems too far away, still eight lengths behind the Vert et Noir.

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Karetsas plays his first minutes in the Jupiler Pro League

Highlight at the end of the match: the rise to the game of Konstantinos Karetsas. The Imp, still 16 years old, is playing his first minutes in the Jupiler Pro League. An attacking midfielder, he is considered one of the greatest talents of the next Belgian generation.

Seven minutes (the majority of which were used to treat Olaigbe’s injury) for Karetsas, but a first with a view to, probably, gaining momentum next season, for the player born on November 19, 2007.

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