RPT-Soccer-Genk draw with Liege to clinch third Belgian title


Tue, 17 May 22:11:00 2011

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Racing Genk won their third Belgian title after coming from behind to draw 1-1 at home to rivals Standard Liege thanks to an equaliser by substitute Nwanganga Kennedy in the last match of the season on Tuesday.

Genk went into the game knowing a draw would be enough to win the title but they allowed Liege to dominate possession early on and the visitors opened the scoring.

Liege's French defender Eliaquim Mangala nodded home in first-half stoppage time after Genk failed to clear a freekick.

The hosts picked up the tempo in the second half but had to wait until the 77th minute for Nigerian Kennedy, who had only been on the pitch two minutes, to head in from a corner.

Liege only narrowly sneaked into the end of season playoffs and then won eight of their 10 playoff matches, drawing the other two, but the title proved just beyond their grasp.

Genk and Liege both finished the season on 51 points.

After the regular season, each club's points were halved. Liege had an odd number of points and benefited from a rounding up of their tally for the start of the playoff matches.

Genk's total was not rounded up meaning if the two teams were level in the table Genk were considered to be ahead.


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