This Champions League duel, the Union no longer even dared to dream of it. Two years after joining the Pro League, the Brussels club played their first European match in 58 years tonight, with a Champions League preliminary duel against Rangers.
The match began under intense pressure from Scotland, which was however fruitless, apart from a marvelous free kick saved by Moris. Lazare will then have fun, leaving a small revealing point of unionist intentions. Dominating, the Union will even see its dream continue, when Teddy Teuma took advantage of a mess to surprise the goalkeeper, causing the Louvain stadium, chosen to host this match, to capsize.
The start of the second period confirms the physiognomy of the match. The Union creates dangerous situations, especially via Adingra, whose header could have brought the second goal. Nieuwkoop, author of a great strike at ground level, saw the leather spinning right next to the goal. With 20 minutes to go, the Unionists still get three great consecutive opportunities, including a great save from the goalkeeper on a recovery from Vanzeir. But the VAR will then come to bless the fate of the Union, awarding a penalty for a light hand fault. Without shaking, Vanzeir made it 2-0.
Winner, the Union will have to go to Scotland next Tuesday, with the desire to conclude to face the winner of the duel between PSV and Monaco in the play-off.
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90 ‘ – We enter the additional time.
87 ‘ – The Rangers are shot, they took a huge blow to the head.
80′ – AND BEHIND THE THIRD! Vanzeir recovers a high ball, flies towards the goalkeeper, but his sending is countered by the goalkeeper!
75′ – THE BUUUUUUUUT! Vanzeir converts his penalty and makes it 2-0!
71 ‘ – Triple opportunity for the Union in one minute. The goalkeeper first takes out a shot from Adingra, before relaxing perfectly on a distance shot from Vanzeir. The last strike flies away. The VAR is called upon for a possible hand fault. He gives a penalty.
69′ – Oh the Scottish opportunity! A super ball from the right crosses the entire small rectangle, without being intersected.
65 ‘ – First changes, on the side of the Rangers. Parisic lets Yilmaz in, while Davies replaces Jack.
59′ – NIEUWKOOP! He takes advantage of a new scramble from the Scottish defense to unleash a marvelous low shot, which is close to the amount of the goal.
57 ‘ – And another great opportunity for the Union! The Brussels players combine perfectly and the ball ends up on the head of Adingra, who places just above.
53 ‘ – The Brussels push to go for a break. Lapoussin notably blew in the bronchi of Vanzeir after a bad ball.
50′ – Union resumed with a good set-up and few errors. It’s positive.
45 ‘ – We start again on the second period which we hope is as successful as the first.
45’+1 – It’s the break here in Leuven. The Union surprised everyone and found themselves in front of the score!
40′ – Burges manages to place his head above. In the process, the corner of the Rangers gives nothing. This game is very intense!
37′ – Another opportunity for the Union! Nieuwkoop’s cross is perfect, but the ball is blocked by Tavernier in the area.
33 ‘ – The teams surrender blow for blow. Rangers come close to equalizing on a good tight cross. Behind, Vanzeir gets a chance, but his header is off target.
27′ – CRAZY SCENARIO! The Union opens the scoring! After already getting a great chance three minutes ago, Teuma gets a ball right in the middle of the box. His sending is badly judged by the goalkeeper and goes into the goal!
24 ‘ – The pressure remains globally Scottish.
18′ – First stroke of madness! Lazare ridicules his opponent with a small bridge, but it does nothing concrete.
14′ – First half opportunity for the Union. The free kick, given from a distance, finds no one but finally alerts the goalkeeper.
7′ – MORIS! The Union goalkeeper saves his people with a good save on a free kick from the right. Moments later, Sands arms a long shot, picked up by Moris.
5′ – The first Scottish offensives arrive from set pieces. The ball notably crossed the entire area on a cross from the right, fortunately without being taken over by a Rangers player.
3 ‘ – For the moment, there is good pressure from the Union, which responds very present, especially in the defensive duels.
0′ – Let’s go for this prestigious duel between the Union and the Rangers!