the rock Diarra, the lack of offensive realism… The tops and the flops

TOPS/FLOPS – TFC and Union Saint-Gilloise separated with a goalless draw this Thursday evening (0-0), for the fifth day of the Europa League.


The rock Moussa Diarra

Toulouse FC defender Moussa Diarra delivered a very solid performance. The 23-year-old Malian showed his physical power to thwart the offensives of Mohamed El Amine Amoura and Alessio Castro-Montes. The Toulouse player was also impressive on the restart with 89.1% of successful passes. A boss match.

Aron Dønnum struggled

The TFC right winger continued to provoke and hit the Union Saint-Gilloise defense. The Norwegian showed a warrior’s mindset and very often brought danger to the USG goal. The detonator of the Toulouse offensives.

A (very) committed match for Toulouse’s Aron Dønnum. LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP


The second period and the lack of ambition of Téfécé

Authors of a solid first period, the Violets had much more difficulty in the second half. Carles Martinez’s men had great difficulty creating chances and being dangerous. The Toulouse residents came close to defeat on several occasions and can thank the lack of efficiency and realism of the Union Saint-Gilloise attackers in the face of their goal. TFC only shot four times on goal this evening, being at home, and conceded eleven opposing shots. Far too much for a team which played in front of its home crowd and which could leave its evening opponent with six points in the event of a victory. Thijs Dallinga’s teammates, lacking juice and energy in the last half hour, were clearly content with this draw.

The lack of efficiency and realism of the two teams

The least we can say is that the attackers of the two teams were not successful this evening. At the forefront of the Toulouse attack, Niklas Schmidt and Thijs Dallinga only had three shots on goal during the entire match, with only one shot on target. On the Belgian side, the Saint-Gilloise offensive players at least had chances, but were sorely lacking in efficiency. Mohamed El Amine Amoura and Cameron Puertas missed huge opportunities, especially at the end of the match (73rd, 90th), which would certainly have allowed the USG to win in the Pink City. The people of Toulouse can thank them…


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