Union St Gilloise 0-2 Antwerp: Antwerp’s stout defence strikes again as the Great Old hunt domestic double

Antwerp’s league leading defence was once again on display as they beat Union St Gilloise 2-0 in Brussels. This win moves Antwerp into second place in the title play-off, with them having a chance to go top if they beat Genk on the weekend. Antwerp are chasing the double, having beaten Mechelen in the cup final 2-0 last weekend.

The Great Old, who conceded just 26 goals in 34 regular season games, kept another clean sheet against a Union side that has scored 70 in their 34 games. First half goals from Jurgen Ekkelenkamp and Mandela Keita were enough for the cup winners as they showed poise to win away from home.

For Union, they will be getting flashbacks to last season where they struggled in the play-off and ultimately lost the title to Club Brugge. After Genk’s win over the defending champions at the weekend, Union needed a win to stay level with Wouter Vrancken’s side. However, they struggled to break down the Antwerp defence, and even if they got past the back four they were unable to beat Jean Butez in goal.

Union will now face Club Brugge, hoping that they can take three points and keep their title challenge alive. Losing to Club, alongside a Genk win, could really damage any hope they have of winning their first Belgian top division title since 1935.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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