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Genk fight back to hold Chelsea

Published: Tuesday 1 November 2011, 22.47CET
KRC Genk 1-1 Chelsea FC
The London club remain at the Group E summmit despite being pegged back by the Belgian champions after David Luiz had a penalty saved.
by Nick Foster
from KRC Genk Arena
Genk fight back to hold Chelsea
László Köteles celebrates at the end of the 1-1 draw ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GenkChelsea

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
7
Attempts off target4
 
10
Corners5
 
5
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed9
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)44
 
56

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 1 November 2011, 22.47CET

Genk fight back to hold Chelsea

KRC Genk 1-1 Chelsea FC
The London club remain at the Group E summmit despite being pegged back by the Belgian champions after David Luiz had a penalty saved.

Chelsea FC remain on top of Group E despite being held by a KRC Genk side who were much improved from the one beaten 5-0 at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago.

Already trailing to Ramires's well-taken opener, the Belgian club looked to be staring down the barrel again when Thomas Buffel handled in the area before the break. Yet László Köteles superbly kept out David Luiz's spot kick and instead it was Genk pushing for the win for the final half-hour after Jelle Vossen equalised.

The teams' weekend matches may have produced 17 goals but chances were at a premium in the early stages here. Kevin De Bruyne scored three of Genk's in a 5-4 win at Club Brugge KV yet it was Buffel down the right flank, rather than him on the left, who carried more of a threat to Chelsea.

The visitors were content to play patiently and wait for an opening, which duly arrived in the 26th minute. Ramires initiated the attack by passing to Torres and then charging onto the striker's clipped pass over the Genk defence before sliding the ball under the diving frame of Köteles.

Florent Malouda then failed to take advantage of a wonderful reverse pass from Raul Meireles before the Portuguese international drove a fierce shot against the underside of the Genk crossbar. A second goal was on the cards and Luiz had a perfect opportunity to score it after Buffel handled Malouda's cross.

The Brazil defender made a stuttering run-up and shot to the keeper's right, although Köteles guessed correctly and palmed it to safety. His celebration said it all: Genk were still in it.

Mario Been's side started the second period with a huge injection of confidence. De Bruyne forced Petr Čech into action in the 50th minute and Kennedy Nwanganga also went close before Vossen had the home fans celebrating. The No9 beat Ashley Cole to De Bruyne's cross before forcing it over the line from close range.

On came Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge, and the two almost conjured a second – Lampard just failing to get a touch to a cross flashed across goal by the striker. De Bruyne and substitute Elyaniv Barda did their best to respond for Genk, yet neither side could find the winner and the spoils were deservedly shared.

The Blues remain top, two points clear of their next opponents Bayer 04 Leverkusen – beaten 3-1 at Valencia CF tonight. Genk, on two points, travel to Spain in three weeks' time.

Last updated: 30/11/12 17.04CET

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Quotes

  • Mario Been

    Read more"Towards the end of the match we had a little angel on the crossbar to guard our goal, because we still could have lost"

  • André Villas-Boas

    Read more"We defended well but with every goal you concede you can do better and we need to get back the momentum we have lost"

Lineups

genk

Genk

chelsea

Chelsea

26
KötelesLászló Köteles (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK) (C)
7
HylandKhaleem Hyland
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
8
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér (C)
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
9
VossenJelle Vossen
Goal61
Substitution87
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
Penalty40
11
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
Substitution77
14
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
Yellow Card76
7
RamiresRamires
Goal26
Substitution66
15
CamusFabien Camus
9
TorresFernando Torres
16
NgongcaAnele Ngongca
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
19
BuffelThomas Buffel
Substitution69
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Yellow Card90+1
20
NadsonNadson
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
27
NwangangaKennedy Nwanganga
Substitution82
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Substitution66

Substitutes

1
SandomierskiGrzegorz Sandomierski (GK)
22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
18
BardaElyaniv Barda
Substitution87
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Substitution66
21
NdabashinzeDugary Ndabashinze
Substitution69
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution77
23
SarrMohamed Sarr
20
McEachranJosh McEachran
24
DurwaelTimothy Durwael
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
35
LimbombeAnthony Limbombe
Substitution82
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Substitution66
47
Ofori-AppiahWillem Ofori-Appiah
26
TerryJohn Terry

Coach

Mario Been (NED) André Villas-Boas (POR)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)

Fourth official

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Espen Berntsen (NOR), Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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