Genk 1-4 Salzburg: Austrian side one win away from round 16 qualification
Genk 1-4 Salzburg: Austrian side one win away from round 16 qualification

Genk 1-4 Salzburg: Austrian side one win away from round 16 qualification

Redbull Salzburg cruised to an emphatic 4-1 away win over KRC Genk to increase their chances of qualifying to the round 16.

The Austrian Bundesliga Champions traveled to Belgium knowing a win was the only thing that would make them retain their slim chance of qualifying to the round 16.


The visitors started well and controlled the match from the word go. Patson Daka had the first real chance to take the lead minutes after the half-hour mark but the Zambian blasted his effort way above the crossbar from close range with only the keeper beat.

Daka, however, got his goal minutes later as he netted a rebound in the 44th minute after Gaëtan Coucke failed to deal with a Dominik Szoboszlai free-kick palling it into Daka's path who reacted quickly to score his first UEFA Champions League goal.

Salzburg doubled their lead a minute later, Takumi Minamino finishing off an Enock Mwepu pass to make it 2-0 before the break. Coach Jesse Marsch withdrew Daka 15 minutes into the second half to introduce Norwegian teenage Sensation, Erling Braut Haaland.

Nine minutes later, Erling 'Big Earl' Haaland went on a beautiful run on the left-wing and set up Hee-Chan Hwang for Salzburg's third of the night. Tanzanian hitman Mbwana Samatta pulled one back five minutes before time following an error from goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel.


Haaland was a threat up front for the Genk defense since being introduced and scored minutes before Samatta could pull one back for Genk but it was ruled out because of a foul on a Genk defender.

The 19 year old finally got his goal in the 87th minute as he beat the Genk goalkeeper with a small chipped finish after receiving the ball from Enock Mwepu inside the 18 yard area to make it 4-1. The goal was eighth in the campaign and means he has scored in all the five group games Salzburg has played so far.

The win moved Salzburg to seven points and thanks to the draw in the Liverpool vs Napoli encounter the Austrian side only needs a win in their final Group E game against defending Champions, Liverpool to progress to the round of 16.



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