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Union also had a perfect evening in Europe against Malmö. It won 0-2, although Bart Nieuwkoop could have easily made it 0-3 in the 2nd half.

“It was a nice ball from Guillaume (François). I wanted to score in the same way as against Club Brugge on Sunday, but this time the goalkeeper took the ball”, Nieuwkoop defends himself.

How does Union manage to be there every match, both in the Europa League and in the Jupiler Pro League?

“We emptied our cup after the match against Club,” says Nieuwkoop. “We are recovering well and can give 90 percent gas every match.”

The numbers 3 from the Champions League play an intermediate round and can play against Union in the 1/8th finals if they win. Union-Barcelona or Union-Atletico is then possible.

“Barcelona and Atletico are great teams that play in the Europea League, just like Union. It’s fantastic to be among them,” concludes Nieuwkoop.

Source: Sporza

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