Leader Union never missed a beat at the OHL Arena. Thanks to the inevitable Deniz Undav, he corrected an early deficit and OHL rolled right after the break. Thus, the Federation again puts pressure on the rivals, and the OHL little by little has to forget about the play-off card.
Oud-Heverlee Leuven – Union in a nutshell
- Key moment: Union emerges from the locker room with a steam iron and ruthlessly rolls over a defenseless OHL. In less than fifteen minutes there are three balls behind Runarsson and the game is completely over.
- man of the match: Deniz Ondev scored an unparalleled shot, an opportunistic cat’s paw and a confident penalty kick. Thanks to a hat-trick, the German is tearing himself away from Michael Frey in the top scorers’ standings.
- noticeable: Al Ittihad is by far the best away team in the Jupiler Pro League with 41 out of 48. Even when it lags behind, Al Ittihad is the first. It happened ten times to Matsu’s men, but they got 13 points from it.
Whirling Union Causes Backlog Early
Momentum was immediately determined in the match with chances for Teuma, Tamari and Lapoussin. An early goal also fell from the sky, although it took Kandouss OHL’s foolish hand game to do so. Morris saved his first penalty kick from Shrevers, but had a second chance because the goalkeeper left early. Chased it dry in the upper corner.
The union was not discouraged and went in search of a tie. The visitors forced a series of corner kicks and Kozlovsky fired wide, somewhat in a hurry. Undav later showed his young colleague how to finish in a controlled manner. The striker made a good pass on his boot and passed away from Ronarson. Lovin answered with a line from Mercier against the crossbar.
After the break, Union did not tolerate any further inconsistencies. After a warning from Lazare, it was once again Undav who hit Dewaest’s rear. Dewaest also emerged as a salt column at 1-3. Toma went straight ahead with childish ease and finished neatly. When Al Ittihad also got a penalty kick, the light in Den Drive could turn out completely. Undav completed a hat-trick and made the last half hour completely useless.
Undav: “I hope I can score more”
Deniz Undav smiled, because he was allowed to take another ball for the match. “I still have enough room for that,” the Al Ittihad striker laughed. “My first goal tonight may not have been my best, but it’s close.”
After the break, football was simple for Al Ittihad. “Definitely at 1-2 and 1-3 we got more space. We only had to score one more goal to finish the game. Now the fans can celebrate and drink beer.”
The end of the regular season is gradually approaching. “There are three more games to come. I’m looking forward to it. I hope I can score more goals, but the three points remain the most important,” he did not lose sight of the overall picture.
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