After an excellent performance, Cercle had to settle for a point against KRC Genk. Ueda crowned a fantastic first half by our Groen-Zwart with a great goal. Paintsil equalized early in the second half, however and while both teams had chances for a second goal, but a winner wouldn't come for either side.
Less than a week after the defeat away to Anderlecht, the Groen-Zwart were set to host the leaders, Genk in the Jan Breydel Stadium. After a red card against Anderlecht, Denkey had to sit this match out through suspension. He was replaced in the eleven by Gboho, with Van Der Bruggen also appearing in place of Vanhoutte.
An eager Cercle immediately went on the attack. With their energetic style, Cercle immediately put the visitors under pressure and quickly created a few chances in the opening fifteen minutes via Gboho, Ravych and Deman. The visitors tried to shake off this pressure by playing the ball quickly, but barely found an answer to the play of the Groen-Zwart. Cercle remained on top and were almost rewarded for that on the half hour as a shot by Ueda came off the post. The next big chance was taken, though: after a recovery, Gboho moved forward to find Ueda perfectly. The Japanese slotted the ball past Vandevoordt and gave Cercle a deserved lead.
Early in the second half, the visitors created two good chances. Through El Khannous and Samatta, the ball came in the barrel of Paintsil, but Popovic was able to clear. Two minutes later, the score was level: Paintsil found space and then placed the ball out of the reach of Warleson in goal. Cercle had to recover for a while, but kept threatening. A shot from Francis went just over and Ueda also came close to scoring a second goal. Cercle grew into the game again and emphatically went looking for a second goal. When Deman went down in the box, he looked for a penalty kick, but VAR did not intervene. Genk also tried to collect the three points. However, their substitute, Sor, shot too weakly. The final chance would fall to our Groen-Zwart, but as Siquet got the ball played into him in the box, but just couldn't get his effort on target.
So the match ended with the points shared against the leaders, after a great performance as manager Miron Muslic rightly praised the team at the press conference after the game.
Cercle: Warleson, Popovic, Ravych, Daland, Van Der Bruggen, Francis (Vanhoutte 85'), Siquet, Deman, Somers, Gboho (Hotic 71') and Ueda (Miangue 92').
KRC Genk: Vandevoordt, Sadick, McKenzie, Arteaga, Heynen, Hrosovsky (Ouattara 78'), Munoz, El Khannous, Trésor (Preciado 90'), Paintsil and Samatta (Sor 78').
Goals: Ueda 40' (1-0), Paintsil 54' (1-1)