Ghanaian forward Joseph Paintsil scores, sees red as Genk is booted out from Europa League

GENK, BELGIUM - AUGUST 17 : Paintsil Joseph of KRC Genk celebrates after scoring the 1-0 penalty goal during the second leg match of the UEFA Europa League season 2023 - 2024 third qualifying round between KRC Genk and Olympiacos on August 17, 2023 in Genk, BELGIUM, 17/08/2023 (Photo by Tomas Sisk / Photo News)

Ghana forward Joseph Paintsil became a hero and a villain at the same time when Belgium Jupiler Pro League side KRC Genk got booted out from the UEFA Europa League qualifications on Thursday night.


The Ghanaian international found the back of the net for his team and also was sent off as Genk were held by Olympiacos to a 1-1 stalemate at the Cegeka Arena.


The Greek team sealed through after a late goal to progress to the next round after claiming a 2-1 aggregate victory after the two legs.


Paintsil scored from the spot to give the Belgian club the advantage halfway through the match.

The Ghanaian received a straight red card in the 65th minute, reducing Genk to ten men and giving advantage to the visitors for the remainder of the match.


Midfielder Sotiris Alexandropolous scored deep in stoppage-time to level the scoreline for Olympiacos, taking them through to the final round of the qualifiers.


Paintsil’s team will nie face Turkish Super Lig side Adana Demirspor in the playoffs of the UEFA Europa Conference League.

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