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The Nigerian was parading from start to finish, although there was nothing he could do as the Smurfs delivered their remarkable home run to the visitors.
Paul Onuachu’s Genk suffered a 2-1 loss to Anderlecht in Sunday’s Belgian top flight.
Going into the game, the Smurfs had been on a ten-game streak at home and lost. Against the Purples and Whites, however, they ended up surrendering their invincibility despite taking the lead.
Fueled by their 5-0 annihilation of Thes Sport in their last outing, the hosts started the game on a flying note as Theo Bogonda put them ahead in the second minute.
The former Belgian youth international of Congolese origin intercepted a wide ball before releasing the ball and passing goalkeeper Timon Wellenreuther.
That lead lasted just 17 minutes when the visitors leveled things out after Danny Vukovic turned the ball into his own goal.
Three minutes later, Anouar Ait El Hadj gave Vincent Kompany’s men the lead. The Moroccan-born Belgian youth international benefited from a pass from Albert Lokonga, hitting a scoreboard before going over the goalkeeper.
Facing an uphill task to achieve victory at home, the hosts came out stronger but failed to score much-needed goals despite dominating ball possession in the goal-laden first half.
Genk’s dominance continued into the second half, but they didn’t pose much danger. Opportunities fell in the way of Onuachu, but they couldn’t get past goalkeeper Wellenreuther as the visitors put on a solid defensive performance.
Even with the introduction of Cyriel Dessers from Nigeria by Kristian Thorstvedt in the 84th minute, goals were scarce as John van den Brom’s side collapsed at the Luminus Arena.
While Super Eagles forward Onuachu was in action from start to finish, Ivory Coast midfielder Eboue Kouassi was not on the roster for the match.
On the other hand, Congolese prospect Abert-Mboyo Lokonga played all 90 minutes for Anderlecht, while Nigerian forward Paul Mukairu, on loan from Antalyaspor, replaced Jacob Larsen in the 62nd minute. While Abdoulay Diaby of Mali and Majeed Ashimeru of Ghana were unused substitutes.
As a result of Genk’s defeat, they fell to third place in the Jupiler League table after accumulating 43 points in 26 starts, while Anderlecht is fourth with 41 points in the same number of games.