Home football After an intense battle, Club Brugge defeats Genk on penalties

After an intense battle, Club Brugge defeats Genk on penalties

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The goals were scored by Balanta (7th, 0-1), Thorstvedt (29th, 1-1), Paintsil (45th + 2, 2-1, and 70th, 3-2), and De Ketelaere (69th, 2- 2 and 89th, 3-3). After a world-class stop by Mignolet in front of an Ito (2nd) header, it was the people of Bruges who took control at the start of the game, when Balanta opened the scoring with a half-volley catapulted into the top corner of a helpless Leysen (0-1, 7th).

Genk returned in the wake of a questionable and discussed phase which could have been worth a penalty in favor of Bongonda (23rd), and Thorstvedt took advantage of a missed revival of the Bruges defense to cleverly feign his opponents and strike in the corner of the goal of Mignolet, from the entrance of the six meters (1-1, 29th). Paintsil then gave his team the advantage, at the conclusion of a lightning counter-attack launched by Heynen towards Bongonda who finally slipped the ball to the Ghanaian, who only had to push the ball into the goal (2 -1, 45th + 1).

In the second half, Genk missed two opportunities to take cover, first with a header from Thorstvedt, parried by Mignolet (57th), then with Paintsil, who lost his face-to-face with the Bruges goalkeeper. (64th). De Ketelaere took the opportunity to offer the equalizer to the Club, by stretching out at full length to head back Ricca’s tense cross from the left (2-2, 69th).

In the following minute, Paintsil offered himself a double by finally overcoming Mignolet (3-2, 70th) after speeding up the defense of the Blauw in Zwart who had just celebrated the equalizer. His goal was not however enough for the qualification since the inevitable Charles De Ketelaere was once again at the reception of a cross, from Vanaken this time, to place a header in the net of Vandevoordt ( 3-3, 89th), who had replaced Leysen at half-time after a shock to the head. In the last moments, a clumsy Ugbo missed a perfect opportunity to seal the Limburg qualification by planting his foot in the ground (90th + 4), sending the two teams into overtime.

The extra thirty minutes were nevertheless less action-packed than the first 90, but Genk still had the opportunity to score in the dying minutes. Mignolet nevertheless lengthened very quickly to win against the strike on the return of Oyen, from inside the area (110th).

In the difficult practice of shots on goal, only Hrosovsky, on the first Geneva kickoff, failed by offering Mignolet a ball hit too softly in the middle of the goal. Lang sealed Bruges’ qualification for the quarter-finals with the last shot on goal of the session which ended with a score of 3-5.

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