Belgian teams have a history in Europe

With RSC Anderlecht, Racing Genk and AA Gent have Thursday night for the first time in history, three Belgian teams qualified for the eighth finals in the Europa League.

KAA Gent after the victory against the British Tottenham Hotspur © BELGA

AA Gent made in the mythical Wembleystadion in the British capital London for the biggest surprise by the Spurs of the Red Devils Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembélé and Toby Alderweireld are out of the tournament over. After the 1-0 victory from the heenwedstrijd had the Buffalo‘s enough to a 2-2 in London. The Spurs had more than a half with ten to play after the exclusion of Dele Alli.

Racing Genk had an economical but deserved 1-0 thuiszege against Astra Giurgiu enough to for the first time the gates of the eighth-finals open to the beech, after the heenwedstrijd in Romania in a 2-2 tie had ended. Captain Alejandro Pozuelo made after the break with a clever free-kick for the redeeming hit.

Not a single Belgian team could ever pick up on the field of Zenit St Petersburg and RSC Anderlecht was Thursday in the barkoude Russia nothing to change. The vicekampioen went there 3-1 down, but thanks to the uitdoelpunt of Isaac Thelin in the added time, the people of Brussels, however. The heenwedstrijd was last week in the Astridpark, after all, at 2-0 ended.

So go there for the first time three Belgian teams in the drum for the draw of the eighth-finals, Friday, in the Swiss Nyon. In that draw there are also no limitations, allowing the Belgian clubs against each other can come true. In 2009-2010, there were two Belgian clubs in the last sixteen. Then it was Anderlecht only narrowly eliminated in the eighth finals against Hamburg, a round later, also Standard from the tournament kegelde.

This season sprokkelden the Belgian clubs already 9.500 points on the landencoëfficiënt of the UEFA. Belgium thus remains in ninth place, but it comes very close to Ukraine, that only Shakhtar Donetsk on the European stage. The UEFA landenranking determines how many participants are there per country may participate to the European competitions. Currently, Belgium has one direct participant to the group stage of the Champions League and there will also in the coming seasons not to change. There is a sixth spot on the ranking is necessary and currently the gap is still too wide. Our country is stronger in the top twelve, and is so sure of a direct participant to the group stage of the kampioenenbal.

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