The Nigerian put in an impressive performance against the miners, however, the Belgian team of the First Division A was sent out of the competition
Super-sub Cyriel Dessers scored Genk’s only goal when they lost 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk in Tuesday’s Champions League match.
The Belgians entered the second inning of the third qualifying round, which needed a comprehensive victory to reach their chance in the play-off round.
The Smurfs bowed 2-1 in the Luminus Arena, despite the lead by their outstanding striker Paul Onuachu.
However, they could not turn the table as the Ukrainian Premier League team completed a doubles match.
Despite having a free kick in a decent position 27 minutes in, Lassina Traore tried a variation that brought the ball through to the other end of the penalty area.
Brazilian defender Dodo played the ball from the midfield to the opponent’s penalty area, and his compatriot Tete took control of the Burkina Faso player who passed goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt.
Although the visitors came back stronger, they could not level matters as the first half ended 1-0.
John van den Brom realized that their ambition to advance to the next round vanished into thin air.
They were close to scoring in the 49th minute, but Theo Bongonda’s seven-yard effort was thwarted by Anatolii Trubin.
Onuachu and Junya Ito had few chances, but they were disturbed by the backline anchored by Dodo, Marlon and Vitao.
In the 76th minute, Marcos Antonio doubled Shakhtar’s advantage after receiving a shot when Traore’s shot deflected off his path.
Mike Tresor assisted Dessers with the visitors’ only goal in the 90th minute. Even then, they dropped out of the competition at a total of 4-2.
Onuachu was named in the early XI, but he was replaced in the 82nd minute by Ghana’s John Paintsil. Bongonda played from start to finish, while Eboue Kouassi of Ivory Coast, Kelvin John of Tanzania and Stephen Odey of Nigeria were not on the list.
On the other hand, Traore was replaced by Danylo Sikan with five minutes left.
To reach the group stage, Shakhtar Donetsk will have to negotiate past the league 1 team AS Monaco, while Genk has now been transferred to the group stage of the Europa League.