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Union Saint Gilloise 0-3 Fenerbahçe

In the UEFA Conference League Round of 16 first match, Fenerbahçe secured a significant advantage for the next round by defeating the Belgian team Union Saint Gilloise 3-0 away. Batshuayi, Oosterwolde, and Tadic scored the goals for Fenerbahçe.

, finishing at the top of Group H in the Europa Conference League and securing a direct spot in the Round of 16, faced Union Saint Gilloise in the first leg of this round in . Fenerbahçe won the match 3-0, opening the door to the quarter-finals.

The goals that brought victory to Fenerbahçe were scored by Michy Batshuayi in the 20th minute, Jayden Oosterwolde in the 84th minute, and Dusan Tadic (penalty) in the 90+4th minute.

The rematch will take place on Thursday, March 14, at 20:45 in Kadıköy.

UNION SAINT GILLOISE VS. FENERBAHÇE: STARTING LINEUPS

: Moris, Sykes, Burgess, Machida, Montes, Vanhoutte, Sadiki, Teklab, Amoura, Puertas, Nilsson

Fenerbahçe: Livakovic, Osayi-Samuel, Çağlar Söyüncü, Djiku, Oosterwolde, İsmail Yüksek, , Cengiz Ünder, Szymanski, Tadic, Batshuayi

UNION SAINT GILLOISE VS. FENERBAHÇE: HIGHLIGHTS

  • The first whistle blew.
  • The match was temporarily halted due to flares thrown onto the field from behind the goal.
  • In the 9th minute, Union SG's Nilsson infiltrated behind the defense, but Livakovic prevented the situation without leaving his goal.
  • Nilsson took a shot from outside the penalty area in the 15th minute, and the deflected ball went out for a corner.
  • 20′ GOAL! Batshuayi sent the ball into the net with a precise shot after Çağlar Söyüncü's header from Cengiz Ünder's free-kick from the right wing: 0-1.
  • In the 36th minute, in a fast-developing Fenerbahçe attack, Ferdi Kadıoğlu entered the penalty area from the left diagonal and took a shot with his left foot, but the ball went wide.
  • Fred's shot from outside the penalty area in the 45th minute went outside the goalkeeper's right post.

The first half ended with Fenerbahçe leading 1-0.

  • In the 51st minute, Dusan Tadic's shot from the left diagonal of the penalty area narrowly missed the goal.
  • Nilsson's cross from the right diagonal of the penalty area in the 53rd minute found no one to touch it.
  • Montes headed the ball from a corner kick taken from the left in the 63rd minute, but Livakovic saved the ball.
  • Puertas took a shot from the left diagonal of the penalty area in the 67th minute, but Livakovic controlled the ball.
  • In the 68th minute, in a quick attack, Ferdi Kadıoğlu entered the penalty area from the left diagonal and took a shot, but the ball went over the crossbar.
  • 81′ Yellow card for .
  • 84′ GOAL! Oosterwolde dribbled the ball from midfield into the penalty area and sent the ball into the net with a precise shot from near the far post: 0-2.
  • 90+4′ GOAL! Fenerbahçe, awarded a penalty after VAR review, extended the lead to 3 with Dusan Tadic: 0-3.

Fenerbahçe, winning the match 3-0, gained an advantage ahead of the rematch.

UNION SAINT GILLOISE VS. FENERBAHÇE: MATCH NOTES

In the UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16 first match against Belgium's Union Saint-Gilloise, Fenerbahçe's coach İsmail Kartal made 4 changes in the starting 11 compared to the last Super League match.

Due to , , who played in the match against Atakaş Hatayspor in the Super League, was not included in the squad for the Union Saint-Gilloise match. Apart from Becao, Kartal did not include Ferdi Kadıoğlu, Mert Hakan Yandaş, and Edin Dzeko in the starting 11 against the Belgian .

At Union Saint-Gilloise, Kartal appointed Dominik Livakovic as the goalkeeper, forming the defensive quartet with Bright Osayi-Samuel, Çağlar Söyüncü, Alexander Djiku, and Jayden Oosterwolde. In front of the defense, İsmail Yüksek was assigned by the experienced coach, while in the midfield, Cengiz Ünder, Fred Rodrigues, and Dusan Tadic played. Sebastian Szymanski took his place behind the forward, and Michy Batshuayi played in the attack.

On the Fenerbahçe bench, İrfan Can Eğribayat, Furkan Akyüz, Ferdi Kadıoğlu, Mert Hakan Yandaş, Edin Dzeko, Ryan Kent, Miha Zajc, Ahmet Necat Aydın, Krunic, Muhammet İmre, and Çağrı Fedai waited for their turn.

Bonucci was not included in the squad due to pain

Fenerbahçe's experienced defender Leonardo Bonucci did not take part in the squad due to pain.

The 36-year-old player, included in the squad, was not risked in the challenging away game.

3 absences in Fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe had to do without 3 players in the match against Union Saint-Gilloise.

İrfan Can Kahveci, Joshua King, and Rodrigo Becao, who were injured, had to leave their team alone in the match.

On the other hand, Serdar Aziz, Mert Müldür, and , whose names were not included in the list submitted to UEFA by the yellow-navy team, were also not in the squad.

Fred in the starting 11

Fenerbahçe's Brazilian player Fred Rodrigues returned to the starting 11 with the Union Saint-Gilloise match.

Fred was injured in the match against Samsunspor on January 21, Sunday, in the 21st week of the Super League and could not play for about a month.

After his treatment, Fred, who started fieldwork on February 20, played in the match against Hatayspor in the Super League as a substitute.

The Brazilian player played in the starting 11 for the first time against Union Saint-Gilloise after his injury.

Ferdi on the bench, Oosterwolde at left-back

In Fenerbahçe, coach İsmail Kartal preferred Jayden Oosterwolde as the left-back.

The Dutch player, who started in the 11 in all 6 matches in the group stage of the Europa Conference League this season, also took his place in the starting lineup of the match against the Belgian team.

3 changes in the Belgian team

Union Saint-Gilloise coach Alexander Blessin made 3 changes in the squad for the match against Fenerbahçe.

The German coach gave Henok Teklab a chance instead of Casper Terho, Charles Vanhoutte instead of Matihas Rasmussen, and Gustaf Nilsson instead of Dennis Eckert Ayensa in the starting 11 compared to the match played in the 28th week of the Belgian League against OH Leuven.

Fans did not leave the team alone

Fenerbahçe fans did not leave their team alone even in the Union Saint-Gilloise away game.

Gathering around the stadium before the match, yellow-navy supporters supported the team with chants as they took the field.

Fenerbahçe fans filled the entire section allocated to them in the stadium.

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