Union’s European adventure finally began on the 8th of September. Our first match in the Europa League group stage was a tough away game in Berlin. The Union Berlin supporters created a great and beautiful atmosphere in the An der Alten Försterei stadium. But in the end, it was our Unionists who emerged victorious.
What a historic victory for Union, our first away win in Europe!
After only three minutes, Dante Vanzeir had a great chance but his shot was off target. Union had to battle the deafening fans and Union Berlin were not able to play the style of football they like to play in the Bundesliga.
Our team’s dominance didn’t translate into an abundance of chances in the first half. The biggest chance we had came from a header from Vanzeir, after a measured cross from Lapoussin. But just before half-time, Boniface made a nice breakthrough on the left flank and placed the ball to Lynen who was alone in front of goal. 0-1.
Lynen, who, due to Lazare’s absence, was playing slightly higher up in midfield, was able to celebrate in front of the Unionist crowd. The 550 supporters who came to the stadium also appreciated this fine goal.
A dream scenario, but with 45 minutes still to go, anything was still possible. Union Berlin still provided the biggest chances in the match, but they weren’t sharp enough in front of goal, and Moris had to make some necessary but not too difficult saves. The Unionists had an exciting end to the game but showed maturity. In the end, the Berliners finished with 10 men, after Michel’s expulsion following a foul on Teddy Teuma.
Union Saint-Gilloise thus won a historic victory and brought back the three points to Brussels. We are currently second in our group, tied on points with Braga.
Next Thursday (15/09), our Unionists face Malmö FF at home. Buy now your mini-season ticket for the Europa League home matches to secure your place!
10. Teuma (C)
44. Van der Heyden
Incredible feeling to play a game like that. It was a huge atmosphere. We scored in the first half and that helped us! This goal in front of the Union supporters was incredible. It was an extraordinary evening, especially after almost a year of revalidation. Today, it’s the details that matter. Senne Lynen
I am very happy. Congratulations to the staff who analyzed this match very well. We saw their strengths and their weaknesses and we knew how to exploit them. The whole group was involved in this game. We must take inspiration from this match to attack the others in this state of mind and in particular Genk this weekend. Anthony Morris
It was phenomenal. This victory, we will remember it. We have to stay focused because we still have 5 European games to play and the championship. At the end, we were really at the end of it but we stayed focused. We are ambitious, we have to keep our feet on the ground. Here it is only a victory. Keeping this momentum is the most important. Siebe Van der Heyden