Ecstatic Racing-Union Triumph In Coupe de Luxembourg Final
On a rather cold May evening, Mats Kool's Racing-Union were crowned champions in the Coupe De Luxembourg Final, beating Jeff Strasser's Fola Esch 3-1. This turned out to be an aggressive match, with 37 fouls being recorded, 8 yellow cards and 1 red card. The first real highlight of the game was in the 20th minute, where mispositioning from Racing-Union's right back Hennetier allowed Veldin Muharemovic to slip into the box and passing the ball to a wide open Basile Camerling, who in turn had an easy job of putting the ball in the net, scoring for the 11th time this season. 41 minutes in, da Mota found space and made a run to the left flank, only to be recklessly tripped by Fola Esch's Corentin Koçur. The 23 year-old Belgian was already on a yellow card and with that tackle, he sealed his sending off leaving Strasser's men down to 10. The foul was 20 yards away from goal and Simon stepped up to take it. He stepped back, took a deep breath and took the free kick. The ball was whipped in the top left corner
, somewhere Hym could not reach at all. This equalizer set the tone of the match. 10 minutes into the second half, Humbert intercepted a ball clearance from Muharemovic and played it to Simon. Simon gave it back to Racing-Union's number 6, who passed it to David Fleurival. Fleurival hit a first time outside foot thunderbolt in the right corner
, sending fans in ecstasy. Things only got better from then on for Racing-Union with Ismael Bouzid scoring an open net goal after a corner rebound fell on his feet, putting his team in front by 2 goals. After the third goal, the match had no particular excitements. Following the full time whistle, Racing-Union started celebrating. We unfortunately could not get a statement from Mats Kool this time around, as he was celebrating with anyone he could find. That was the first trophy in his first year as a football manager.
We do however have, his post-match press conference, which you can read below.
What a great day for Racing-Union Mats. Congratulations on winning the trophy but the most important question is, can you keep the good times coming for the club?
Thank you and yes, I beal that would be ideal for us. We set the foundations this season, with the likes of Fleurival and Simon arriving and of course, we all saw how good they can perform. Now we are ready to take it to the next step so next season we are aiming even higher, maybe even at being league winners. Who knows? A lot of stuff happens so I will not rule anything out.
Racing-Union fans will of course be celebrating tonight after lifting the Coupe de Luxembourg trophy. How do you feel after such a win?
Everyone deserve this. Countless hours of training, sweating and fighting for results we've done it. Everyone was fantastic from the staff, to the players. I think that deserve to finally celebrate after such a long time. Yes as I said, everyone was fantastic during this season.
What did you think of the match Mats? Did everything go as planned?
The match of course wasn't easy. Especially when we went down 1-0, I saw a couple of players giving up. So I tried to encourage them. Then the equalizer came. What a goal by Simon. And of course let's not forget Fleurival's wonder goal. Everyone performed extremely well.
Thank you for the time Mats. Have a nice night celebrating.
Thank you for having me.
Racing-Union are still tied in first place along with Dudelange, who are edging the league on goal difference. Two matches remain till the curtains drop for this season with the league most possibly being decided on the final matchday, where Racing-Union face Dudelange away from home. Dudelange are favourites to win the league, but that does not mean that Racing-Union will give them an easy task.
It was the biggest day!
I think we can agree it was a decent debut season for Mats.
The 23 year drought has become a few days drought.