1. FC Union Berlin vs 1. FC Köln

Bundesliga, 14. Matchday

1. FC Union vs Köln

Bundesliga, 14. Matchday

Sun., 08. December 2019, 15:30 Uhr
An der Alten Försterei
2 : 0
SR: Patrick Ittrich

Andersson hits double as 1. FC Köln defeated

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin moved up to 10th in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win over 1. FC Köln at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Sebastian Andersson poached his seventh and eighth goals of the league campaign, with a header after 33 minutes and the clincher on 50 minutes.

Urs Fischer's side have won four home games on the spin since the defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt at the end of September. 

1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Friedrich, Hübner, Parensen; Lenz, Trimmel, Gentner, Andrich; Ingvartsen (Ryerson 77), Polter (Bülter 62), Andersson

1. FC Köln: Horn; Schmitz, Bornauw, Sobiech, Katterbach; Höger (Kainz 68), Ehizibue (Schaub 45), Verstraete, Drexler; Cordoba, Terrode (Modeste 72)

From last week’s slender loss at Schalke, there were three changes in Urs Fischer’s starting side with Neven Subotic and Keven Schlotterbeck dropping out due to injury. The ever-dependable Michael Parensen and promotion hero Florian Hübner returned to the fold, while Sebastian Polter took Marius Bülter’s place in attack. Markus Gisdol made four changes to his team — out went Hector, Czichos, Jakobs and Modeste, while in came Sobiech, Katterbach, Ehizibue and Cordoba.

Last year’s encounter at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei saw a goal inside 40 seconds — Marcel Hartel’s memorable overhead kick firing Union into the lead. However, the same encounter in the Bundesliga started in a scrappy nature with neither team asserting control on the match. Rafal Gikiewicz’s first 20 minutes were on the quiet side, but the Polish goalkeeper reacted when required towards the half hour mark. Both of Birger Verstraete’s efforts from free-kicks threatened to break the deadlock but on both occasions, Gikiewicz was in outstanding form. Union’s goal on 33 minutes came from a mistake in the Cologne rearguard with the Köpenick club taking full advantage of Vertraete’s slip. Trimmel sent his corner with his usual danger into the box and Andersson headed in from around the middle of the six-yard-box.

The second half was just five minutes old when Christian Gentner led the breakaway, feeding the ball through to Andersson. The Swede took a neat touch around Timo Horn and squeezed the ball over the line despite the best efforts of Robin Bornauw. Andersson was inches away from setting up a huge chance for Christopher Trimmel who had added his attacking threat to another textbook Union counter-attack, six minutes later. Gisdol turned early to his bench and used Louis Schaub, Florian Kainz and Anthony Modeste before the 73rd minute. Marius Bülter and Julian Ryerson offered Urs Fischer defensive reinforcement in the final quarter of an hour, whilst Felix Kroos replaced Robert Andrich for the final minutes. In the end, Union managed the game with great maturity and held out for the three points.

Fischer's team are about to enter the final three fixtures of the calendar year with SC Paderborn (away) up next for 1. FC Union Berlin on Saturday December 14 at 15:30.

Clash against fellow promoted club 1. FC Köln

Match preview

Sunday brings the penultimate home game of 2019 for 1. FC Union Berlin, who will welcome 1. FC Köln to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei at 15:30 in the afternoon.

Review: Positives despite defeat at Schalke, Köln draw

Urs Fischer's side fell to defeat at the Veltins Arena last Friday, ending a strong run of form which included wins over Hertha Berlin and table-toppers Borussia Mönchengladbach. Although Marcus Ingvartsen levelled the scores, David Wagner's Schalke ran out 2-1 winners with strikes from Benito Raman and Suat Serdar. Keven Schlotterbeck was forced to come off after 26 minutes following knee ligament damage, while Rafal Gikiewicz took a knock in the second half, from which he has made a full recovery. Sunday's game at home to Köln is the second-last home match of the year with Hoffenheim to come, sandwiched between away matches at Paderborn and Fortuna Düsseldorf.

1. FC Köln, who earned promotion as 2.Bundesliga champions last season, have gone through a change of management in the past fortnight. Achim Beierlorzer was replaced in the technical area by Markus Gisdol, whilst Horst Heldt took control of all sporting matters. Gisdol's first match was a heavy loss at RB Leipzig (1-4), but the Billy Goats secured a much-needed point at home to FC Augsburg. Jhon Cordoba equalised with four minutes to play to move Köln on to eight points for the campaign — four points off survival and eight behind 1. FC Union Berlin.

Record: Recent balance with Union

In the 2.Bundesliga last season, 1. FC Union Berlin's promotion success was aided by good results against the eventual league winners. Sebastian Andersson's late equaliser clinched a point at the RheinEnergie-Stadion in August, while the Köpenick club won 2-0 at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. However, Köln have a stronger record long-term with five wins in their favour in 2.Bundesliga matches.

Personnel: Abdullahi closer to action

Keven Schlotterbeck was injured in the last match and will miss the remainder of Bundesliga action this calendar year. The situation is the same for Andy Gogia, Grischa Prömel and Laurenz Dehl. Meanwhile, Suleiman Abdullahi is moving closer to first-team action and completed 2-3 sessions this week with the rest of the squad. Joshua Mees has taken part in parts, but Sunday's game will definitely come too early for the attacking midfielder.

Service: S-Bahn issues in Berlin

Supporters, who are planning to attend Sunday's game, are advised to read the following public transport information.

There are limited parking spaces at the stadium and in the immediate vicinity, therefore fans are encouraged to make use of all modes of transport.

The match is sold out.


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1. FC Union Berlin vs 1. FC Köln

55 % Possession 45 %
73 % Pass Completion Rate 64 %
54 % Successful Tackle Rate 46 %
12 Shots on Goal 14
17 Crosses 11
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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