The Nigerian international’s effort could not stop the Smurfs from losing to Ukraine’s top flight team on Tuesday night
Paul Onuachu was a song for Genk when they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk during the Champions League match on Tuesday.
In the first leg of the third qualifying round played in the Luminus Arena, the Nigerian led the Smurfs, although the Ukrainians returned to win.
Genk suffered a 4-3 defeat in a league match against KV Oostende in the match on Friday.
For the visitors, they traveled to Belgium after beating Lviv 3-0 for the last time.
Since the whistle of referee Anastasios Sidiropoulos’ whistle, Shakhtar have dominated ball possession, although they have not created any clear goals.
Halfway through the first half they were close to scoring, but goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt was well positioned to deny Manor Solomon and Lassina Traore on separate occasions.
Six minutes before the break, the Belgians took the lead through Onuachu, who crossed Junya Ito’s cross past goalkeeper Anatolii Trubin.
It is noteworthy that this effort was the African’s first goal in the 2021-22 campaign.
They almost doubled their advantage two minutes later, but that was not the intention. Theo Bongonda started a counterattack, before passing the ball to Mike Tresor, who in turn held Daniel Munoz in turn.
Unfortunately, the opportunity was lost as Munoz could not find a teammate to place the ball further than Trublin.
Knowing that nothing but victory could be costly in their mission to reach the next round, the men of Roberto De Zerbi entered the second half with all guns on fire.
Their perseverance paid off in the 62nd minute when referee Sidiropoulos pointed to the spot after Pedrinho was put down in the box by Munoz.
Tete stepped up to take the resulting kick that he sent past goalkeeper Vandevoordt.
Nine minutes after full-time, Alan Patrick ended the difficult encounter with a cool finish thanks to the help of compatriot Ismaily.
Although Genk fought back bravely, they could not find the much-needed equalizer.
Onuachu was named in the early XI, but stepped down for Cyriel Dessers in the 82nd minute, while Nigeria’s youth international team, Mujaid Sadick, as well as the prospect of DR Congo, Bogonda, were in action from start to finish.
Another defeat or draw for the Smurfs in the second leg, who will be sentenced on August 10, will drop them out of the competition.