Tom Vandenberghe takes advantage of Marko Illic illness as Kortrijk shock Genk

Tom Vandenberghe made his league debut for Kortrijk against Genk due to illness to first choice goalkeeper Marko Illic. The 30 year-old kept a clean sheet as relegation threatened Kortrijk shocked league leaders Genk at home. Felipe Avenatti’s goal was the difference as Bernd Storck’s side won 1-0 to give their survival hopes a boost.

As reported by Voetbalkrant, Vandenberghe said “I never thought so many years ago that I would make my debut at the age of thirty and certainly not to win against the leader who had won 11 games in a row“.

The Belgian joined Kortrijk in the summer from second tier side Deinze but has had to be content with a back-up role to Marko Illic, who has been the sides best player this season. Coming up to the transfer window the side are planning for a clear out.

The defeat was only Genk’s second loss of the season, with the first coming to start the campaign against Club Brugge. Kortrijk remain in the bottom three after their victory, but have managed to close the gap to safety to two points. After a 3-0 defeat to Union, Oostende are currently the side occupying 15th place.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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