Belgium’s runners-up Union St. Gilloise has secured a ticket for the round of 16 in the Europa League ahead of time. The group opponents of Bundesliga leaders Union Berlin won 2-0 (2-0) at Malmö FF on Thursday with goals from Teddy Teuma (10th) and Jean Lazare Amani (42nd) and can no longer move with 13 points one of Group D to be ousted.
It’s a historic achievement for Saint-Gilloise: the club, who have returned to the European stage after a 58-year absence, have qualified for the next round after a group stage for the first time in their history.
Real Betis from Seville are also in the round of 16 after just five games. With a 1-0 (0-0) win at Ludogorets Razgrad from Bulgaria, the Spanish cup winners secured top spot in the group. Frenchman Nabil Fekir (56th) scored the goal of the day.
Premier League leaders Arsenal, on the other hand, failed to qualify early. Coach Mikel Arteta’s team lost 2-0 (0-0) at PSV Eindhoven.
Former Gladbach professional Luuk de Jong set up Joey Veerman’s opening goal (56′), the Dutchman scored the second goal himself (63′). Eindhoven thus reduced the gap to Arsenal to two points.