Union Saint-Gilloise thrash Zulte Waregem 4-0 to keep pressure on league leaders

Union Saint-Gilloise thrash Zulte Waregem 4-0 to keep pressure on league leaders
Union's Teddy Teuma celebrates after scoring in a match between Royale Union Saint-Gilloise RUSG and SV Zulte Waregem, Sunday 05 February 2023. Credit: Belga / Laurie Dieffembacq

Union Saint-Gilloise beat Zulte Waregem 4-0 on Sunday, extending their unbeaten run in the league to 17 matches. The victory was tinged with sadness, as star striker Dante Vanzeir said his goodbyes to the club ahead of his move to the New York Red Bulls.

The side from Brussels made five changes from their cup match against Royal Antwerp, including the club's latest addition Yorbe Vertessen, whom Union signed on loan from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. 

The Belgian striker immediately justified coach Karel Geraerts' choice to put him in the starting line-up by assisting Cameron Puertas after nine minutes of play to put Union ahead.

After half-time, Vertessen once again showed his quality with another assist in the 55th minute, this time for fellow striker Victor Boniface.

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With Union dominating until the end, the final 1o minutes saw a flurry of goals for the Brussels side, with Nilsson and their captain Teuma striking to finish the game 4-0.

The result leaves Union maintain their second place with 55 points in the table, 7 points behind league leaders Genk.

At the end of the game, Union's striker Dante Vanzeir, whose goals helped the club get promoted to the Jupiler Pro League during the 2020-21 season, as well as pushing for last season's league title until the bitter end, came out on the pitch.

Translation of tweet: "All united with Dante, for the last time."

There, he said goodbye to fans after having recently opted to join the American MLS outfit, the New York Red Bulls.

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