Union has booked a 1-3 win on the field of Zulte Waregem. However, the three-pointer took more effort than the result suggests. Teuma needed a light penalty to break the spell in the first half, after which Adingra and Eckert Ayensa decided the match in the second half. Despite Stan Braem’s first professional goal.
Halloween isn’t until October 31, but the Elindus Arena is already haunted at the beginning of September. After all, first there was the ghost penalty that allowed Union to take the lead and just before eleven the relegation ghost was also spotted in the catacombs. It’s a hard, but only possible conclusion after another defeat by Essevee and a penultimate place after seven days of play. Last year, the home defeat against Union was still the swan song for Francky Dury and not that Mbaye Leye will run so smoothly, but the Senegalese will certainly need some reflection. After all, his team was again unable to convince.
To be fair, Essevee was not really helped by the arbitration on Sunday evening either. For example, the penalty that was conceded in the final phase of the first half was very light. In a seemingly harmless duel, Ciranni had tapped Lazare on the knee. The Ivorian went down and screamed for a penalty. However, no one gave a kick, except the VAR. The man in Tubize called referee Denil to the screen and he eventually pointed to the dot. Teuma converted the penalty flawlessly.
A downer for Essevee, because after a difficult start, Essevee was in control. Not that the sterile predominance resulted in chances, but Sammy Bossut didn’t have to worry much until the 0-1. The biggest chance was for Adingra, but the Ivorian who replaced Lapoussin put the ball wide. The vice-champion presented himself anything but at his strongest. Lapoussin’s ideas – on the bench with a view to the European trip to Union Berlin next Thursday – were missed by the Unionists. The penalty came as a gift from heaven for them. Much to the dismay of the Waregem supporters.
Until then, however, he hadn’t had much to worry about. After all, it was difficult for the home team to reach the other side when playing football and the alternative – the long ball to Jelle Vossen – was always right up Burges’s hand. It almost became even more painful just before half-time, but a 0-2 goal by Lazare was fortunately flagged for offside for Essevee.
Union finishes it after the break, François still takes red
The Unionists also had the first chance after the break, but Vanzeir was unable to complete an action by Adingra. Yet it was logically especially Essevee that showed (timid) offensive intentions. Zoden, however, did not succeed, because twenty minutes before the end Union had his sheep on dry land: first Bossut had a save on a header from Boniface, but when Tambedou a little later a cross from Adingra deviated on the way, the goalkeeper had no chance. 0-2 and books up. Especially after Denil profiled himself even more as the head of the home crowd. After an awkward action by Tambedou, he pointed again – this time correctly – to the dot. Substitute Dennis Eckert Ayensa decided the match: 0-3.
Moments later, goalkeeper coach Gianny De Vos was also sent to the stands with a red card. The calf was now completely drowned for Essevee. And that despite Stan Braem’s first professional goal in the final phase and a red card for Guillaume François.
With a 5 out of 21 and a provisional penultimate place, Waregem already knows that it will be a long and difficult season. With eight points, Union is more than once again well in line with the pair.