Status: 03.12.2021 10:29 p.m.
1. FC Union Berlin is again causing a sensation in the Bundesliga. The “Iron” defeated runners-up RB Leipzig and at least temporarily jumped into a Champions League place.
Union Berlin won 2: 1 (1: 1) against RB Leipzig on Friday evening (December 3rd, 2021) in front of around 13,000 spectators. Taiwo Awonyi (6th) gave Berliners the lead, Christopher Nkunku (13th) equalized for the Saxons, Timo Baumgartl (57th) scored the winning goal.
Kruse: “We stay on the carpet”
After the bitter 1: 2 last second defeat in Frankfurt, Union has returned to the road to success and is now in fourth place in the Champions League for the time being. “We deserved to win, we could have won even higher. We can enjoy a nice weekend. We’ll stay on the carpet,” said Berlin’s Max Kruse at “DAZN”.
Because of Corona: Marco Kurth on the sidelines
Before the kick-off, the Leipzig coaching team was once again in focus due to the corona. Head coach Jesse Marsch was still not allowed into a stadium after his corona infection. His assistant Achim Beierlorzer was also in quarantine. Marco Kurth made his debut on the sidelines in the stadium at the Alte Försterei.
Dream start for Union
And what he experienced in the initial phase will not have pleased him at first. Union got off to a dream start. After a corner and several ball relays, Awonyi pushed the ball into the Leipzig goal from close range after just six minutes. It was his ninth goal of the season.
Six minutes later, Berlin had a huge chance to make it 2-0: Sheraldo Becker crossed from the right into the center of the penalty area, Awonyi touched the ball lightly and thereby irritated Max Kruse, who was standing next to him, who shot the game device just a millimeter past the left post.
Luthe fails to equalize
Instead of ecstasy, the disillusionment followed: Just one minute later, Leipzig’s Nkunku pulled from 25 meters – Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe misjudged himself and let the ball slip into the goal. The keeper had to take the hit on his cap. After that, the Leipzigers found their way into the game, the initial euphoria of the “Iron” had received a sensitive damper.
As a result, a rather tough battle of wear and tear developed, tingling penalty area scenes and real scoring opportunities failed to materialize. Neither Union, which has only lost that against FC Bayern from the past 24 home games, nor Leipzig was able to put real pressure on the opposing goal.
The early stages of the second half began slowly. There was also no excitement about a supposed goal by Rani Khedira (51.), he had obviously violated the rules of the RB goalkeeper Peter Gulácsi from the ball in the penalty area when trying to tee off.
New Berlin tour according to the standard
Since the “Iron” did not consistently play their countermeasures to the end, the new Union leadership fell according to a standard. A corner from Niko Gießelmann landed at Kruse, whose shot from 13 meters was deflected by Laimer, Baumgartl dusted off from close range.
As a result, Leipzig had more possession of the ball, but their actions were far too little compelling. There was no alarm in front of the Berliner Tor. The appearance of the “Iron” radiated a lot more passion and commitment. Leipzig apparently submitted to the defeat.
Berlin presses the decision
Instead of a riot in Leipzig, the audience saw that Union was looking for the decision. Gulacsi defused a header from substitute Kevin Behrens (83rd) with a great reflex. Immediately afterwards, the RB goalkeeper parried a deflected shot from Julian Ryerson. Then Gießelmann (85th) pushed the ball far past the goal from eleven meters.
When Gießelmann blocked a shot from Brian Brobbey in the 89th minute, the Köpenicker victory was sealed.
15th matchday: Union in Fürth, Leipzig against Gladbach
Union Berlin will now play on Thursday (December 9th, 2021) at 9 p.m. in the Europa Conference League against Slavia Prague, before the bottom line Greuther Fürth in the Bundesliga on Sunday (12/12/21, 3:30 p.m.). RB Leipzig will play in the Champions League against Manchester City on Tuesday (December 7th, 2021, 6.45pm) and will host Borussia Mönchengladbach in the league on Saturday (December 11th, 2021) at 3.30pm.