Bongonda rescues Onuachu’s Genk from defeat against Standard Liege

The new Belgian season was off to an intriguing start on Friday night as both teams shared the spoils in Liege

Theo Bongonda rescued a point for Paul Onuachu’s Genk with his stoppage-time equaliser in their 1-1 draw against Standard Liege.

Bongonda linked up with Nigeria’s Cyril Dessers for the 92nd-minute goal as they avoided defeat in their 2021-22 Belgian First Division A opening fixture.

Onuachu led Genk’s attacking line at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne but he could find the back of the net before his substitution in the 62nd minute.

The 2020-21 First Division A season’s top scorer was replaced by Dessers who later helped the visitors cancel out konstantinos laifis’ 69th-minute opener.

Ghana’s John Paintsil was also in action for Genk after coming off the bench in the 71st minute while Standard Liege had Cameroon’s Collins Fai, DR Congo’s Jackson Muleka and Mali’s Moussa Sissako on parade.

The hosts were led by Senegal coach Mbaye Leye and they will turn their attention to next Sunday’s trip to Zulte-Waregem for their second league match.

Genk, on the other hand, are scheduled to host KV Oostendefor their next league fixture on July 30 before taking on Shakhtar Donetsk in a Uefa Champions League qualifying match on August 3.

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