Efficient Union climbs to second place in the standings after a five-goal match against Standard

Union won the second top match on Sunday and is now in second place halfway through the season.

Standard started the game well with the most intensity and Union struggled. The first chance was Standard, Perica headed a cross from Fossey a meter over. Union came into the game better and Vanzeir broke the spell. Boniface was unable to reach a Burgess cross and the ball ended up at Vanzeir’s feet.

The striker shot the ball in from a sharp angle, Bodart had no chance. The home crowd tried to encourage Standard, but no real chances came of it. A shot from Dussenne just outside the box went a meter over. A few minutes before the break, Union had the best chance at 0-2.

Bart Nieuwkoop almost got the ball on the same spot as Vanzeir, but this time Bodart was able to make a save. Standard had one more chance through Alzate on the left, but he kicked the ball straight at Morris. Union went into the break with a 0-1 lead.

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Standard started the second half well and fiercely and after eight minutes it was rewarded with a penalty. Zinckernagel went down in the box, the VAR checked for offside for a long time, but eventually captain Dussenne was able to take the penalty and kick in.

Standard had the upper hand, but at the first chance for Union it was hit again. On a corner from Teuma, Burgess ran free and he headed the vice champion back into the lead. Standard reacted immediately via Perica, but his goal was disallowed for offside. Fifteen minutes before the end, Burgess was released completely on a free kick, but Bodart again made a nice save.

An efficient Union finished it all off with a goal from Nieuwkoop. Vanzeir was sent deep on the counter, he put the ball to Ayensa and the substitute finished nicely in the box to Nieuwkoop. The Dutchman was able to make the 1-3 from close by. It almost became 1-4 thanks to an own goal by Cimirot, Bodart was just able to save. Zinckernagel softened to 2-3 after another penalty in added time.

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Union thus climbs to second place in the standings after the draw between Club Brugge and Antwerp and has been unbeaten for nine games. Standard loses for the second time in a row, but remains fifth in the standings.

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