'It could just happen again in football' - Genk wary of Barcelona-style comeback

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Despite taking a big lead into the second leg against their Belgian rivals, the Catalans' incredible comeback is playing on the mind of the coach

Having seen Barcelona's remarkable comeback knock Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League, Genk remain wary of Gent ahead of their Europa League last-16 second leg - despite a 5-2 away win.

Genk were in rampant form in the first leg on Thursday and led 4-1 before half-time, seeing off the hosts' attempt of a second-half fightback to return to the Luminus Arena with a three-goal cushion.

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However, with Barca's phenomenal 6-1 win over PSG on Wednesday that overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit still fresh in the mind, Genk coach Albert Stuivenberg is not foolish enough to write off Gent.

"We obviously saw something unique in Barcelona, ​​but it could just happen again in football," said Stuivenberg. 

"We must ensure that we spend the next week preparing to reach a successful conclusion. First, we should focus on the league game against Westerlo on Sunday, but now we have to recover and enjoy this victory."

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And Genk midfielder Thomas Buffel also cited Barca's incredible performance as a warning to his side as they look to get the job done on home turf.

"Have we already qualified? No," he added. "We have seen the spectacle [of the Barca game] and we must remain humble."

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