at the end of boredom, Union Saint-Gilloise and Toulouse part back to back

By Le Figaro with AFP

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The people of Toulouse, hooked. LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP

This Thursday evening, TFC conceded a draw against Union Saint-Gilloise (0-0).

Toulouse, after its improbable feat against Liverpool (3-2), was hung on Thursday evening on its ground by Union Saint-Gilloise (0-0) but remains in the race for the play-offs at the end of the 5th day of the Europa League.

At the call of the 6th and final day of the group phase, Téfécé, second, is in a favorable position since it is three points ahead of its opponent of the day, third, who will host Liverpool, the group leader ( 12 pts, 4 wins, 1 loss) during the last day on December 14.

The Toulouse have still maintained their invincibility at home in the competition (two wins and a draw) and are taking a big step towards second place in Group E, synonymous with the “16th final” against a team lost from the Champions League.

TFC (8 points) will only need a draw in two weeks in Linz, the most affordable opponent. A defeat could even be enough if Union Saint-Gilloise (5 points) did not overcome Liverpool at the same time, already ured of finishing in the lead (12 points).

Under a continuous drizzle, the two teams were rather equal, as during the first leg in September in the suburbs of Brussels, which already ended in a draw (1-1). USG, solid leader of the Belgian championship with 11 successes in 15 matches, however, created the clearest opportunities. A miraculous double save from Moussa Diarra and Vincent Sierro first deprived Mohammed Amoura of a ready goal (19th).

The Algerian striker then missed the target after a strike from his teammate Koki Machida was pushed back to his feet by the goalkeeper of the French hopefuls team Guillaume Restes (73rd), and Cameron Puertas struck hard over as the goal was offered to him (89th). The Toulouse public, in turmoil against the Reds in a match full of twists and turns, this time did not have much to eat, except a blocked strike from the Norwegian Aron Donnum (8th) and another , distant, from the German Niklas Schmidt (29th).

His team, uninspired, fell back dangerously in the second half, but will be able to be satisfied with its “clean sheet” and a European journey which will continue whatever happens, with at worst a third place which would put it back in Europa Conference League play-offs. Above all, “Téfécé” will have to regain a victory in the championship that has eluded it since October 1st. Sunday’s reception of Lorient, direct competitor for maintenance, would be the right time to do so.

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