Genk and West Ham played out a four-goal thriller at the Luminus Arena, with three goals coming in the second half.
The Blue and white team started the game in a high note and they took the lead when Junya Ito found Ghanaian Joseph Painstil who hit the ball pass former Paris Saint Germain shot stopper Alphonso Areola.
Momentum favoured the home side, and Paul Onuachu almost doubled the lead in the 18th minutes, but his header went wide.
After the break, David Moyes’ who is marking his 1,000th match, made three substitution in the 55th minutes. The Hammers came out all guns blazing immediately after the substitute and they found themselves level in the 59th minute. Algerian Mohammed Said Benrahma shot went through Maarten Vandevoordt’s leg to draw the visitors level.
David Moyes praised Benrahma’s brillance in the game.
“It was a great individual goal from Benrahma, good one for him”.
With what was looking like it will be a draw game, Benrahma’s moment of magic put the Hammers ahead in the 82nd minute. Nudging the ball one side of defender Mujaid Sadick and skipping past him on the other before poking home at the near post.
Genk’s coach Van den Brom, made two late substitution. Bringing in Ecuador Angelo Preciado and Ike Igbo who just got a call up to the Canadian senior team.
Angelo quickly joined the action and Tomáš Souček headed a cross by the Ecuadorian beyond his own goalkeeper to give the home side a point.
“In the end we got two goals. Genk played very well today, they caused a lot of problems. Credit to them” Moyes said.
Van dem Brom believes the result means his team are back to their best.
“I think we are back on the level where we belong. If you can play like this against a strong team like West Ham, then I’m happy as a coach. This is a team that’s playing in the Premier League. We looked a bit tired but we were thick.”
“Overall I’m very happy with the teams performance.” He said.