Deep into the added time of the first half, KRC Genk captain Bryan Heynen went down in the box after a clear pushing error by Coulibaly.
Referee Lothar D’Hondt saw no problem in it, but was still called to the screen by the VAR. A penalty was in the air at the Bosuil, but D’Hondt surprisingly did not point to the spot.
At the post-match press conference, both coaches agreed. “We deservedly get to 3-0, but after that we can’t complain about a few moments,” Mark van Bommel looks back. “Then it’s okay for a while.”
“Mark has much more experience, so I agree with him,” Wouter Vrancken quips in support of his colleague. “It’s obvious, but apparently not. Bryan was just tackled to the ground with both hands.”
Vincent Janssen was not sent off the field at the beginning of the second half after a hard tackle on Joseph Paintsil. “Joske played the ball and only then does the tackle move forward with the foot. They talk about red above the ankle and yellow on the ankle, but the intensity should also count, right?”
Yet Vrancken does not want to blame his club’s defeat on these crucial phases. “It’s not because of that that we lost. The first ten minutes cost us the match.”