Solid opposition from Genk in latest run-out

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KRC Genk 1 - 1 Everton

Everton's third pre-season warm-up game is against KRC Genk in Belgium. Kick-off 3 pm BST.

Rooney, Klaassen, Sandro and Schneiderlin are all in from the start, alongside the likes of Gueye, Keane and Pickford, with another chance for Kieran Dowell to stake a claim for next season too.

Genk had the better of the early exchanges, moving the ball a little better than the visitors, testing Pickford with a couple of early potshots. Dowell clipped a beautiful ball in for Rooney to try a flick header but he didn't get enough on it.

The home side if anything got more of the ball as the game progressed, and came close to opening the scoring with Everton unable to keep possession effectively. Everton won a free-kick that Rooney came close to converting from quite a distance.

After half-an-hour, the Blues-in-Grey had settled a little more and were switching to play forward a little more but it led to a turnover and a good shot Pickford had to stretch to parry away from his goal. An even better chance followed for Genk but Pickford was there to collect.

Keane was penalized for a heavy challenge and awarded with a yellow card from the ref, nothing coming from the Genk free-kick, with Everton receiving a good stern test of their resolve and defensive organization. Sandro and Rooney looked to combine but Rooney's shot was poor.

Finally, some classy play from Sandro and Rooney sliced the Genk defence apart in the final minute of the half, Rooney sliding the ball home.

Ronald Koeman made three changes after the break. A very poor header by Martina in defence set up Samatta to rifle home past Stekelenburg. Genk got through again, a diving header from Samatta drew a great reaction save, up onto the bar, and he lay injured on the goalline afterward.

Koeman made three more changes in personnel midway through the second half but the passing was still below par and Everton could not retain possession long enough to be dangerous. Besic was one of the changes and his first involvement was a ridiculous rash tackle that saw yellow inside his first few seconds on the field.

Three more changes left only Michael Keane and Wayne Rooney from the starting line-up, Rooney then giving way to Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Not much action of real note after all the changes and it ended 1-1.

KRC Genk: Jackers, Nastic, Brabec, Colley, Khammas, Berge, Malinovskyi, Trossard, Buffel, Benson, Samatta.

Everton: Pickford (46' Stekelenburg); Holgate (46' Martina), Keane [Y:34'], Williams (73' Besic [Y:74']), Baines (67' Connolly); Schneiderlin (67' Barry), Gueye (73' Davies), Klaassen (73' McCarthy) ; Dowell (67' Lookman), Sandro (46' Mirallas), Rooney (79' Calvert-Lewin).
Subs not Used: Robles, Kenny.


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