Union Saint-Gilloise clinche the Belgian Cup, a first since 1914

Union Saint-Gilloise secured the victory in the Belgian Football Cup by defeating Antwerp 1-0 on Thursday at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. The Yellow and Blue triumphed courtesy of a goal from Japanese international Koki Machida in the additional time of the first half (45+1).

This marks the third national cup triumph for the Unionists, with their last success in this competition dating back to 1914.

Under the guidance of German coach Alexander Blessin, the team is still in contention for a double of Cup and Championship. With three matchdays remaining in the playoffs, they trail Club Bruges by three points, whom they will face on Monday in the upcoming fixture.

The Brussels-based club returned to the top flight in 2021 after a 48-year absence.

Since 2018, Union have been owned by British businessman Tony Bloom, who also holds ownership of the English Premier League club Brighton.

Written by Jose Machino

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