After three consecutive away games, Union SG played back in the familiar Joseph Marien Stadium. The European victory in Berlin was a boost for our Unionists who wanted to win the full 3 points at home. However, it was not an easy task against visiting Genk.
Genk started the game eagerly, but the biggest chances were for Union SG. The duels were eager and both teams immediately went looking for an early goal. Vanzeir had a chance just before fifteen minutes, which ended up in the side net. The Limburgers did not get many opportunities in the opening quarter, but after a miscommunication between Van der Heyden and Vanzeir, the ball ended up in Hrosovsky’s feet. He set up Paintsil to make it 0-1.
Union SG tried to find the equalizer before halftime with a strong Adingra and Vanzeir who managed to create a few small chances. Union fought their way back into the game after falling behind and had 45 minutes left to make up for that deficit.
The game had its ups and downs after the break and our Unionists went looking for the important equalizer. Vanzeir had a great opportunity, but he hesitated a little too long in the box, as the Genk defense were able return and stop him.
Dennis Eckert, who came on half an hour before the end, shot just wide but was also called for offside. Genk did not add to the score and fifteen minutes before the end, Lapoussin score a fantastic equalizer. He smashed the ball as it hit the bottom of the bar with his left foot.
The visitors kept increasing the pressure, almost unbearable at the end of the match. As a result, the match appeared to be heading for a draw. Just as everyone thought that the match would end, Samatta scored the winning goal for Genk via a corner kick.
Union SG is left empty-handed and has to get back to work on Thursday in their first home game against Malmö FF in the Europa League.
10. Teuma (C)
44. Van der Heyden
“We did not deserve to lose this game. But if you watch the game, we gave them the opportunities. I’m here to help the team. It’s a real shame we lost today. We now turn the focus back to next week’s two games”. Loic Lapoussin
“A big disappointment. We played a good game, but it didn’t matter to us. Genk is a good team. We lost this match in the 90th minute… that’s a real shame. We missed our chances to kill the game as well. We have been busy with the Europa League, but we are not going to look for excuses, because we played a good game”. Ishmael Kandouss