The Nigerian international scored his first Belgian top goal of the 2021-22 campaign when the Smurfs silenced the guys
Paul Onuachu scored his first goal of the Belgian top flight when Genk achieved a 2-1 victory over Kortrijk on Saturday.
After missing the Smurfs’ 4-3 defeat against KV Oostende in their last outing, the high rating by manager John van den Brom was included in the starting line-up.
He did not disappoint as he inspired the Champions League champions to their first away win of the 2021-22 season.
Luka Elsner’s Guys came into the league game after winning their last two games. Thanks to Teddy Chevalier, it only took 18 minutes to lead the Guldensporen Stadium.
The Frenchman was well positioned to hold the cross of Lucas Rougeaux at goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt
Referring to the dangers ahead, Genk quickly regained ball possession and examined the back line of their hosts, but they could not score as Onuachu and Theo Bongonda were denied by the impressive goalkeeper Marko Ilic.
Bryan Heynen gave Kristian Thorstvedt a chance to score, but the Norwegian midfielder missed the opportunity – it was the visitors’ best chance of the first 45 minutes.
Genk came out stronger in the second half and got the equalizer through their Nigerian import, Onuachu, in the 52nd minute. The 27-year-old went home with a good corner kick from Mike Tresor past Ilic.
Victory was sealed in the closing seconds of the match. Daniel Munoz taps a ball from close range into a corner of Tresor.
With that, Van der Brom’s men secured their first three points of the ongoing campaign.
After an impressive inning, Onuachu is replaced by compatriot Cyriel Dessers with three minutes left, while DR Congo Bogonda was in action from start to finish.
While Kelvin John (Tanzania), Eboue Kouassi (Ivory Coast), Joseph Paintsil (Ghana) and Stephen Odey (Nigeria) were not dressed for action.
Comoros’ Faiz Selemani played for Kortrijk every minute, with Ghana’s Eric Ocansey replacing Marlos Moreno in the 66th minute. However, Pape Habib Gueye (Senegal), Muhammed Badamosi (Gambia) and Sambou Sissoko did not play any role in the match.
As a result of this result, Onuachu and his teammates would travel to Ukraine with the ambition of shocking Shakhtar Donetsk in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
The first leg played in the Luminus Arena ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Belgians.