Victor Boniface came to the rescue for Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, keeping their hopes of clinching the Belgian Jupiler Pro League title alive with a crucial equalizer against KRC Genk on Sunday at the Cegeka Arena. With only two games remaining, the race for the championship is intensifying.
Royale Antwerp’s 2-0 defeat to Club Brugge provided an opening for Union to narrow the gap, as both teams currently stand level on 45 points. The upcoming clash between these two sides next Sunday presents a golden opportunity for either team to gain an advantage in the title race.
In the 13th minute, Genk took the lead courtesy of center-back Mark McKenzie. However, Union has consistently relied on Boniface throughout the season whenever they’ve encountered adversity, and this match was no exception. The Nigerian striker didn’t disappoint, delivering a spectacular equalizer in the 39th minute.
Simon Adingra played a precise through pass to Boniface, who swiftly dribbled past McKenzie and unleashed a powerful shot to the near post, leaving goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt with no chance to save it.
With the title still within reach following this result, Boniface expressed his delight at contributing to his team’s cause by scoring the crucial goal. “I believe it’s a positive outcome. In football, you miss some chances and convert others,” said the Union striker in his post-match interview. “When I scored, shooting hard was my only option, just in case the goalkeeper managed to touch the ball.”
Unfortunately, it was a forgettable day for Boniface’s compatriots Tolu Arokodare and Yira Sor, who represented Genk. Despite being the top team during the regular season, Genk’s disappointing performances in the playoffs have ruled them out of the title contention.