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Belgians abroad: full board for Vertessen and PSV in Zurich, Michy Batshuayi offers victory to Fenerbahçe

He had not scored since February 24, 2022. It was in the Conference League, against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Eight months later, it is in the Europa League that Yorbe Vertessen found his way back to the nets, proving that the European scene suits him perfectly.

FC Zurich was able to notice it since after 15 minutes of play, the Devil had already planted a double. He first took advantage of an excellent long ball from Obispo to open the scoring, with the left foot (10th). Then he offered himself a second goal which owes nothing to anyone by taking advantage of a local defensive blunder to recover the ball… 55 meters from goal. A superb first touch of the ball, his speed and his right foot, this time, did the rest (15th).

A goal that recalls how gifted the striker who arrived at PSV from Westerlo when he was only a kid in 2009 (he was eight years old) is.

Released on the hour mark, the versatile attacker saw the other Imp of PSV, Johan Bakayoko (19 years old) play the last half hour of an already folded meeting, which ended with the score of 1-5.

But it’s not just Vertessen to whom Europe awakens the goalscoring instinct. This is also the case of Michy Batshuayi, who scored his second goal of the season (the second in the Europa League) on Thursday. He took advantage of Rossi’s perfect opening to open the scoring with his left foot and allow Fenerbahçe to beat Larnaca (2-0). In the same group, Arthur Théate started with Rennes against Dynamo kyiv (2-1). The two Devils share the lead in Group B.

In group A, Albert Sambi Lokonga was in the base eleven with Arsenal during the victory of the Gunners against Bodo Glimt (3-0). He played very fair in midfield.

And in group H, Philip Clement and Monaco, without Eliot Matazo, won against Trabzonspor (3-1). Finally Hugo Siquet was not taken up with Freiburg against Nantes (2-0).

Vanheusden continues a second climb to the game for AZ

AZ Alkmaar, who were 6 out of 6 before kick-off, took the lead in their stadium with a goal from Odgaard shortly after the quarter hour (16th). The Cypriots quickly responded with Joosten’s equalizer (19th), but de Wit restored the Dutch lead on the hour mark (62nd).

In the aftermath, Zinho Vanheusden entered the game with the mission of defending the advance of the locals (63rd), but AZ were again joined following the goal of Cabral (71st). At the end of the game, the victory was finally ensured by Karlsson (85th), thanks to whom the club can continue its course without fault. Thus, AZ dominates the Group E standings, with 9 points. Dnipro follows in 2nd position with 4 points, ahead of Vaduz (2 points) and Apollon in last position (1 point).

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