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Onuachu Puts Genk on Leading Path, Scores in First-Half

The Nigerian international has looked a shadow of his predatory best in recent weeks, but he was on hand to net the opener against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night

Paul Onuachu has given Genk a first-half lead in their UEFA Champions League third-round clash against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Luminus Arena.

The Super Eagles striker had failed to find the back of the net when the Smurfs lost their Super Cup clash 3-2 against league winners Club Brugge a couple of weeks ago. And he equally fired blanks as Genk laboured to a 1-1 draw on the opening weekend of the Jupiler Pro League.

With Onuachu looking like a failure to secure a dream move abroad was affecting his efficiency, he was dropped from the Racing squad that hosted Oostende last week. Still, the FA Cup winners fell to a disappointing 3-2 defeat at home to the visitors.

But Genk manager John van den Brom restored Onuachu to the starting lineup ahead of Shakhtar’s visit. And the Super Eagles star showed he still knows his way to goal by getting on the end of a Junya Ito pass five minutes before the break to hand the home side a deserving lead.