By Kayode Ogundare:
Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and the Genk midfield got praise from their manager after their 2-2 draw at Mouscron on Saturday.
The visitors went behind in the second minute courtesy of Trezeguet before the visitors had time to settle into the game.
Nikos Karelis pulled Genk level after getting on the end of a smooth interchange of passes in the opposition half to bury the ball to the goalkeeper’s left in the 32nd minute but the home team was in front 10 minutes later when Valentine Viola’s shot from outside the box took a huge deflection to send goalkeeper Marco Bizot the wrong way.
Karelis completed his brace with a simple tap in after Mbwana Samata had run the full length of the pitch to make an inch-perfect pull out from the left in the 78th minute and ensure a share of the points.
Ndidi was outstanding in the middle of the park and manager Peter Maes reckons it is the best form to take into Europe where they play Spain’s Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League on Thursday.
“We made some mistakes early but I’m glad we corrected them. It is a good feeling for (the game against Bilbao) and I must congratulate the players for fighting till the end. Our midfielders responded very well and I’m impressed,” Maes said in his post-match interview.
Saturday’s game was Ndidi’s 12th of the season for Genk and he is expected to be in action on Thursday night against Athletic in Europe. Genk lead Group F on goals difference but a win over their Spanish opponents could see the Belgians increase their lead at the top.