Europa League: Genk hold Anzhi Makhachkala to 0-0 draw in Russia
Last Updated: 20/02/14 8:24pm
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Anzhi Makhachkala were held to a 0-0 draw by Genk in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie in Russia - and had IIya Maksimov sent off late on.
The meeting of Russia's 16th-placed side and Belgium's sixth never seemed likely to produce a contest teeming with quality and the clash lived down to those modest expectations with few clear-cut scoring chances.
Anzhi had the better of proceedings without finding a way past Laszlo Koteles in the away goal, but ended the match with 10 men after Maksimov's dismissal in the 89th minute.
Genk managed the first attempt of the night when Julian Gorius tried his luck from 30 yards, but his effort did not worry Mihail Kerzhakov.
Fedor Smolov returned fire for Anzhi moments later, but his shot carried even less venom than the one that preceded it.
Anzhi began to set the tempo as the match continued, Rasim Tagirbekov striking wide from a corner on the quarter-hour and Alexander Bukharov heading just off target having met Oleksandr Aliyev's testing free-kick.
A blank half-time scoreline was almost averted when Jelle Vossen went clear for Genk, but Kerzhakov was on hand to save his side.
The second period followed a familiar pattern, with Bukharov and Aliyev pushing the home side forward only to be denied by a combination of Koteles and some uninspired finishing.
As in the first half, the visitors almost scored against the run of play late on - Fabien Camus' 25-yard drive kept out by Kerzhakov.
Maksimov's professional foul on Kalidou Koulibaly gave Genk three minutes of added time to make their extra man count but it was not enough.
Thu 20th Feb - Round of 32
A Mak'kala0 - 0Genk
Dynamo Kiev0 - 2Valencia
PAOK S'nika0 - 1Benfica
C'morets0 - 0Lyon
S Liberec0 - 1AZ Alkmaar
Dnipro1 - 0Tottenham
Juventus2 - 0Trabzonspor
Esbjerg1 - 3Fiorentina
Ajax0 - 3Salzburg
FC Porto2 - 2Frankfurt
Mac Tel Avi0 - 0Basel
Maribor2 - 2Sevilla
Plzen1 - 1Shak Donetsk
Real Betis1 - 1Rubin
Lazio0 - 1Ludogorets
Swansea0 - 0Napoli
Europa League Group A
Europa League Group B
Europa League Group C
|1||Red Bull Salzburg||6||18|
Europa League Group D
Europa League Group E
Europa League Group F
|2||Maccabi Tel Aviv||6||11|
Europa League Group G
Europa League Group H
Europa League Group I
|3||Vitoria de Guimaraes||6||5|
Europa League Group J
Europa League Group K
|3||Sheriff Tiraspol (Mol)||6||6|
Europa League Group L
|3||Maccabi Haifa (Isr)||6||5|
Europa League round of 32 2014
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