Sama-goal, sama-goal… The Limburg supporters who traveled along do not hope that they will have to hear that song – invented themselves – at the Bosuil. Their previously held score for the next: no. Well, they had a chance. Samatta started on the couch. Priske preferred an extra midfielder and opted for another ex-genk player with Gerkens.
At Antwerp they knew well enough who to keep an eye on. Thorstvedt may have scored a hat-trick last season, but everything revolves around Onuachu, who has already scored six goals for the Great Old. Even now he turned out to be a tormentor, at least in the opening quarter. Almeida and Dessoleil were no match for the Nigerian striker, who won every game and left his side in charge. He quickly claimed a penalty after a push – not much to it, Bram Van Driessche also thought – and kicked a first big chance on Butez, but after thirteen minutes (twelve plus one for the Antwerp fans) it was hit. . He assisted Ito for the third game in a row.
Lovely free kick
“Genk gives away a lot of opportunities”, Priske had said beforehand, but it was mainly cheese with holes in his own defence. It took a good reflex from Butez to keep Ito from the 0-2. Antwerp mainly had to do with shots from a distance, but the sights of, among others, Nainggolan were not on the alert. The home team struggled more in the game. Successfully. After a corner kick, the ball suddenly landed in front of De Laet’s feet, who took the turn and knocked Vandevoordt with a low slider. For the captain of the season and first start. The whole stadium – finally all subscribers could enter – shook and started to believe in victory again.
Justly. After De Laet it was up to one of those other fighters, namely Verstraete. The midfielder skilfully cleared the first one – if there was one… – and claimed a free kick himself. Vandevoord thought Miyoshi would kick, maybe it was good Verstraete who curled the 2-1 into the far corner. His first this season for him too, but why not go for the second right away, he thinks. Five minutes before the break, he was allowed to take another free shot. Vandevoordt pushed the shot away, but into the feet of Miyoshi, who put the 3-1 on the board in two times. Well, there you are, being Genk. Started so well and lost everything in less than 15 minutes. It was lucky that Frey was 4-1.
Gift from Lucumi
Van den Brom left his basic team standing, but intervened early in the second half. Tresor – barely seen – made way for Paintstil. The Ghanaian hoped to score just like in his previous raid on STVV and that could have been done. No, had to. He missed the huge chance for goal alone. Antwerp – just before that had been held up by a great save by Butez on Muñoz’s header – got away very well. The visiting storm, but fresh blood was gradually welcomed.
Come in… Samatta. Chapeau to the Genk fans, because they also treated him to applause and started their previous top hit themselves. It must have made the Tanzanian fumes. But he really hadn’t counted on the gift that ex-team mate Lucumi gave him. The defender played too tight back at Vandevoordt, resulting in the goalkeeper no longer touching the ball. Samatta intercepted, tapped sideways to Frey, who tapped in. His tenth goal in nine matches for the top scorer – he just keeps going.
Match played now, right? You would think so, but you never know. Onuachu received his penalty in the final phase after a draw from Almeida, converted it himself, and De Laet still ran into a yellow card. But it doesn’t matter, Antwerp held out. Priske happy. His team beat his ex-employer and is now joint third in the standings.