It was a goal-fest in Salzburg, as Genk were on the receiving end of a thrashing in Champions League group E
It did not take long for Red Bull Salzburg to open the scoring. Inside of two minutes, Genk were already picking the ball out of the back of the net.
Erling Haaland latched on to a through ball from Takumi Minamino to put the home side up by one.
For the next half hour, both teams exchange possession, attempts, and tackles. It appeared that the teams were content to ride this one out and hope for the best.
The in the 34th minute the game sprung to life. With Hwang Hee-Chan the provider this time, Haaland bagged his second of the night.
It wasn’t long until Salzburg got themselves another.
Only two minutes later Salzburg were up by three. Hee-Chan got a goal of his own this time.
At 3-0 down, you would be forgiven for thinking Genk had given up.
If that was the script, somebody forgot to tell the Belgian champions. In the 40th minute, they pulled a goal back with Jhon Luumic.
Perhaps Genk had a plan of their own. Maybe give Salzburg something to think about at the half time break.
That plan failed miserably.
With only five minutes left on the clock until half time, Salzburg saw that a signal to go all out.
In the time that ensued before the break, Salzburg piled on the misery by scoring two more.
Erling Haaland got his hattrick, and Dominik Szoboszlai got in on the action too.
5-1 to RB Salzburg after 45 minutes.
Genk manager Felice Mazzu must have had some strong words for his team in the changing room.
Whatever was said, must have had some impact even if only for a short while.
Genk came out and in seven minutes from the restart, they pulled another goal back. Mbwana Samatta made 5-2.
The renewed motivation was short-lived though as only six minutes later Andreas Ulmer restored the four-goal cushion, by making it 6-2 and the final score.
Genk must be wondering how bad can things get if this was supposed to be the weakest team they would face in the group stages.
— FC Red Bull Salzburg EN (@FCRBS_en) September 17, 2019