Ndidi impresses in Genk’s 2-2 draw

By Richard Johnson


KRC Genk and Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi got high praise from his manager after helping his side to a thrilling 2-2 draw at Mouscron on Saturday evening.


The visitors went behind in the second minute of play courtesy of Trezeguet who exploited a gaping hole in the Genk defence and waltzed through to score 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.


Saturday’s game was Ndidi’s 12th of the season for Genk and he’s 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.

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