Racing Genk has Thursday night for the first time in the club history placed for the eighth-finals of the Europa League.
After the 2-2 from the heenwedstrijd was a 1-0 in the second leg of the sixteenth finals in a not even half-full and soaking wet Luminus Arena enough to make the Romanian Astra Giurgiu from the tournament over. Turntable Alejandro Pozuelo scored after 67 minutes with a clever free-kick the only goal of the match. A deserved victory for the Genkenaars, that hard had with the Romanians.
In a first half in which Genk the preponderance, it was always on the look out for the visiting counters. The best chance for the Romanians came there just for peace of mind: player’s Constantin Budescu could build and had the furthest square in the visor, but his shot went over. When the home team was Leondro Trossard the luminary. With a few sharp actions made the winger a few times for danger, attacker Samatta, however, was not focused. Also Ruslan Malinovskiy stuck with a dangerous free-kick to the nose still to the window.
As the second half progressed, the visitors from Giurgiu getting better at the game and it was the home side who against the odds on the counter-attack was designated. A tegendoelpunt would kill and so decided to Alejandro Pozuelo, but his opponent’s cup-pushing. A free-kick from the Spanish captain was after 67 minutes – carried by the wind to the farthest pole against the nets. But the first goal of the season for the playmaker in this League, but right away a significant hit: Astra now had two times to score and so were the Romanians, and certainly not in state.
The People have come for the first time in the last sixteen in the Europa League. Third time good time, because earlier, the sixteenth-finals two times already the terminus. In 2013 were against Stuttgart, a year later, turned out to Anzhi too strong. The qualification could also be a mental boost for the league, in which they have a heavy program in the slot of the regular phase and Play-off I threaten to miss.
The Draw for the eighth finals found Friday afternoon in the Swiss Nyon . Also vicekampioen RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent are in the drum. It is the first time in the eighth finals of the Europa League, three Belgian teams. At the draw there are no restrictions, so the Belgian teams can also against each other come true.