The goals were scored by Menalo (35th) and Ugbo (45th + 1) Genk will therefore have to win his last match, hoping that Dinamo Zagreb will lose to reach the next stage of the competition. The match started very slowly, and the first half-chance was due to Genk and Heynen, whose head was deflected by Sutalo for a corner (12th). Five minutes later, Dinamo were on their own when Petkovic threw Menalo deep, but the latter’s strike, too crushed, did not worry Vandevoordt. (17th)
After the half hour, Menalo left alone behind the Limburg defense on a whipped clearance from Théophile-Catherine. McKenzie tried to unbalance the Croatian, but the latter did not tremble and won his duel against Vandevoordt to open the scoring (1-0, 35th). Genk, despite a poor half-time in chances, managed to pick up the score a few moments before the break, when Ugbo controlled a ball bouncing in the six meters before turning around to propel a ball into the net with the help of the bar transverse (1-1, 45th + 1).
The second period did not start any faster than the first, with a game still very closed. Ito was trying to go deep on his right flank, but he was finally caught by his defender when he hit (58th).
After 80 quiet minutes, danger finally started to be felt on both sides in the final 10 minutes. After a long shot from Spikic stopped by Vandevoordt (81st), Gojak sent a vicious center-shot from the right which forced him to carry Limburg to a nice flight (85th). In the process, while the blocks were disorganized, Paintsil managed to start defying a sub-number, but he stumbled on Livakovic (86th). However, the disjointed end of the match did not lead to an additional goal and the two teams parted back to back.
This result means that, to get a ticket for the next round of the Europa League (round of 16), Genk (5 points) will have to win his duel against Rapid Vienna (3 points) hoping that West Ham (13 points) beats Dinamo Zagreb (7 points) on December 9. In case of failure, the Limburgers can however secure a qualification for the final phase of the Conference League by taking at least 1 point against the Austrians.
Antwerp say goodbye to Europe in stoppage time against Frankfurt
On Thursday evening, Antwerp shared the stake, 2-2, traveling to Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 5 of the Europa League group stage. The goals were scored by Kamada (12th), Nainggolan (33rd), Samatta (88th) and Paciencia (90th + 4). This result is synonymous with elimination for the Great Old who will finish 4th in Group D. The Antwerp residents were cold picked when Kamada opened the scoring on a millimeter center from the right flank of Chandler (1-0, 12th) after the Germans had recovered the ball in the middle of the field and took advantage of the Antwerp disorganization to counter quickly. A few minutes later, Trapp intervened in disaster in front of Frey after an exit badly negotiated on an Antwerp corner, finally without consequence (16th).
The Antwerp response came after half an hour: from a whipped corner, Fischer found Nainggolan entering the area, whose powerful volley ended in the back of the net after bouncing off the defenders of Frankfurt (1-1 , 33rd). The end of the half was to the advantage of the Germans and Lindström missed a final clear opportunity by not framing his shot after being found by Kamada at the penalty spot (40th).
In the second period, Eintracht sought to establish its domination but this was not materialized by concrete opportunities, in addition to a strike from Sow above the frame defended by Butez (50th). On the contrary, it was Antwerp which took the advantage, or at least believed to take it, when Ritchie De Laet was receiving a free kick from Fischer at the far post to overcome Kevin Trapp (71st) . His goal was nevertheless canceled for a millimeter offside after an intervention of video refereeing.
The Antwerp attempts were finally rewarded in the last minutes of regulation time, since Samatta was at the conclusion of a counterattack while the Germans had stormed the Antwerp rectangle (1-2, 88th). It was without counting on a final attack from Frankfurt and a cross from Kostic towards Paciencia, which with a header shattered the European dreams of Antwerp (2-2, 90th + 4).
Antwerp, which has scored only 2 points in 5 games, will therefore remain 4th regardless of their result on the last day. Frankfurt (11 points) and Olympiakos (9 points) will compete for 1st place at a distance while Fenerbahçe, 3rd with 5 points, will go to the Conference League in the next round.
Secured in 1st place, the Ghent residents lose without a burst against Anorthosis in Cyprus
The Ghent lost 0-1 at Anorthosis Famagusta on Thursday evening as part of the 5th day of the Conference League group stage. The only goal of the game was scored by Christodoulopoulos (27th). After the defeat of Partizan in the early evening, the Ghent residents were already assured of 1st place in the group before the meeting and will continue their journey in the round of 16. After a quarter of an hour rather controlled by the Cypriots, the Gantoise was dangerous for the first time when Gianni Bruno transplanted in the axis from the left to roll up a shot which passed just outside the right post (17th). The cold shower however awaited the Ghent since Christodoulopoulos took advantage of a loss of Owusu’s ball in the middle of the field to shoot 45 meters in the goal of Bolat, out of position and powerless (1-0, 27 ‘).
Stunned by this brilliant inspiration from the Greek, the Ghent club got back in the saddle and missed a precious opportunity in the stoppage of play at half-time, when Ngadeu regained his left foot a ball stored by Lemajic in the axis of the goal (45th +2). The shot was repelled by Husbauer, well positioned on the goal line.
At the start of the second period, Gianni Bruno framed this time his shot from the right but Tsur intervened to prevent the attacker from equalizing (52nd). The Gantois could not make the difference and did not force their talent to seek a result without influence on the final standings.
A last opportunity was to be put to the credit of the Gantoise, but neither Depoitre nor Hanche-Olsen managed to defeat Tsur on his line despite the confused action (82nd), while the Cypriots proudly defended their lead and hope of a potential qualification on the last day. La Gantoise bowed for the first time.
With Partizan’s defeat against Flora in the early evening, the Gantoise (10 points) was already guaranteed to take 1st place in Group B, regardless of her results in the last two games. The Partizan, 2nd with 7 points, will have to fight with Flora and Anorthosis, both at 5 points, for the 2nd place synonymous with qualifying for the next round.
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Europa League: Genk stalls against Dinamo Zagreb, Ghent falls in Cyprus, Antwerp more European