Things were all going to plan for KRC Genk a fortnight ago. A 5-0 victory against KSK Beveren – their fourth successive win - had cemented their advantage at the top of the Eerste Klasse with a Belgian Cup quarter-final to look forward to. But 16 days later and having conceded eleven goals in two games, the picture is not quite so rosy.
Genk are chasing their first title in five seasons in Belgium and having reached the final ten-game stretch with only two defeats, appeared good bets to do just that. A 1-1 draw with in-form title rivals RSC Anderlecht did not detract from that belief but it all started to unravel when the teams met again in the cup quarter-final. An hour-and-a-half later and Hugo Broos' team were licking some nasty wounds having shipped six unanswered goals but any aspirations of a positive response floundered against RAEC Mons on Saturday.
'Impossible to explain'
Serbian striker Ilija Stolica proved their bane, scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 win for a side that had previously notched up only 22 goals in 25 games. "Eleven goals in two matches; it is impossible to explain," said Broos. "Before the match Mons had struggled to score in the recent months while we had the best defence in Belgium." Amazingly Genk still do, such was the side's form until last week and they still hold pole position in Belgium as Anderlecht failed to fully capitalise, closing the gap to a point with a draw against SV Zulte Waregem.
Genk's next fixture at home K. Sint-Truidense VV on 1 April will understandably take on added intrigue and Broos is grateful that the two-week international break affords him more time to prepare. "We now have two weeks to learn how to put two and two together again. We have to find the cause of this goal avalanche and find solutions to stop it," Broos warned. "Otherwise we lose everything that we've worked so hard to achieve in the past few months. That would simply be too painful."
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