Last night the Europa League results proved nothing really. On paper people would’ve said Anderlecht would’ve disposed of APOEL and after a thrashing in the first leg, Genk were already through to the next round too.
Genk vs Gent was the early fixture including Belgian sides and it was evenly contested. Not just through the result, the statistics proved it too. Genk to a first half lead which definitely put the tie to bed twenty minutes in, as Jean-Paul Boetius set up Thomas Castagne to see the game off. Gent needed an onslaught from the off but as that never happened, an equaliser was all that they could muster late in the game through Louis Verstraete. I guess they saved some face after the first leg, but nonetheless they go out with a whimper and Genk progress!
In the late game, Anderlecht just couldn’t afford to lose really, so a win or draw would see progression. Looking at the way the match went, I’m not quite sure how APOEL were to go about overturning their 1-0 deficit, and quite frankly, that never looked like happening. Man of the Europa League Frank Acheampong came up with the goods in the second half to seal the win. I personally thought he wouldn’t start, which was true, but didn’t know he’d have a big impact like against Zenit St Petersburg in the first leg of the previous round. An inspired substitution, he came on for Nicolae Stanciu and scored a minute later.
A fantastic outcome for Belgian sides to progress and hopefully a nice quarter final draw will work out for the pair…
Anderlecht vs Manchester United
Celta Vigo vs Genk
Half decent i guess but who knows…?