Just before the international break, Union Saint-Gilloise had the chance to end a perfect European week with three points. However, we had to win at Eupen, in the rain. The draw seemed inevitable until Victor Boniface gave the last magic header to win the game.
The team’s fitness and lack of recovery time after the win against Malmö FF was of concern as we traveled to Eupen. It was never going to be an easy game and our coach Karel Geraerts had explained that he didn’t want to drop points after the European fixture.
Union SG understood his intentions and the players got off to a good start. After less than 10 minutes, Simon Adingra scored the opener (0-1) with a nice shot over the goalkeeper on a cross-entry pass from Teddy Teuma. However, there was a long wait to celebrate the goal because the linesman had signaled an offside. After a long intervention from VAR, the goal was awarded and Union SG kick-started the match perfectly.
In the pouring rain, the speed was there, the duels were difficult and after the opener, the visitors lost their momentum. ‘The Pandas’ (Eupen) created more chances and were often able to make it difficult for the Unionists. Ten minutes after the opener, the equalizer literally fell from the sky. From a corner, Boris Lambert scored the equalizer with a header. There weren’t many other significant chances in the first half and both teams returned to the locker room with a goal.
It was vital for both Union SG and Eupen to get a win just before the international break. A massive opportunity presented itself for Guillaume François as Lynen headed the ball back towards goalkeeper Moser who punched it back in the direction of François, who unfortunately wasn’t able to get a head to the ball.
The match, therefore, seemed destined to end in a draw. Neither team could claim victory. Eupen even had to finish the match one man down after Wakaso tackled Puertas too early, earning his second yellow card of the afternoon. In the very last minutes, another long ball from Lynen entered the sixteen-yard area, Van der Heyden headed the ball and Boniface headed it (1-2) after Moser missed his chance to retrieve the ball.
Victor Boniface scored two decisive goals in four days. Union SG ends its week in style and enters the international break in great shape.
The next game is scheduled for October 1st at 4 p.m. RUSG will travel to Leuven to face OHL.
Allez l’Union !
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