The Red & White team beat Genk at the Cívitas Metropolitano to seal their place in the quarter-finals of the Youth League. The Juvenil A enjoyed a magical afternoon accompanied by more than 11.500 people who wanted to encourage Fernando Torres' team in their adventure in the European competition.
The game couldn't have got off to a better start for our team. Abde and Niño started the pressure high up the pitch, forcing the Belgian defence to make mistakes on the ball. A run by Abde down the right ended with a fall of the '9' inside the box after a foul by the Genk defender. The Cypriot referee pointed to the spot and Adrián Niño made no mistake in his first UEFA Youth League goal of the season.
The first 20 minutes were a Red & White gale in which the two strikers pressed to increase the lead on the scoreboard. The reward came just before the half hour mark. Abde Raihani finished a great personal move after a cut inside the box to beat Chambaere low and just inside the post to make it 2-0.
Shortly before going to the changing rooms, the fourth came to put the finishing touch to a first half to remember for the Juvenil A. Boñar joined the party with a powerful attacking move that ended with a powerful low cross shot past the goalkeeper.
After the restart, our team lowered the intensity, knowing that they were ahead on the scoreboard. Genk tried to look for dangerous moves that could bring them back into the game and they succeeded with a low cross to the far post that ricocheted off Julio Díaz and ended up in the back of Iturbe's goal.
Despite the Belgian goal, Fernando Torres' men were able to manage their first half advantage and seal an important victory. After their display against Genk, our team can now think about the next European challenge against AC Milan on 14 or 15 March away from home.