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1. FC Union Berlin vs Eintracht Braunschweig

Friendly, 9. Matchday

1. FC Union vs Braunschweig

Friendly, 9. Matchday

Thu., 25. March 2021, 15:00 Uhr
An der Alten Försterei
1 : 2

Union edged out against Braunschweig

Match report

Thursday's friendly at the Alte Försterei against 2.Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig ended in a 1-2 defeat for 1. FC Union Berlin.

Marius Bülter scored after 74 minutes, but Urs Fischer's side trailed 0-2 after a double in the first-half from on-loan Union striker Suleiman Abdullahi.

1. FC Union Berlin: Karius; Friedrich (Bruns 71), Hübner, Lenz (Knoche 30), Bülter; Gentner, Griesbeck, Dajaku, Endo (Sanogo 71); Teuchert, Gogia

Eintracht Braunschweig: Dornebusch; Schlüter, May (Burmeister 60), Koblyanski (Kupusovic 88), Otto, Kroos, Abdullahi (Schwenk 60), Ben Balla, Behrendt (Bürger 65), Kammerbauer, Ziegele

Eintracht Braunschweig are battling the drop in the 2.Bundesliga but came to Berlin off the back of good form ahead of the most important part of the campaign. The Lions fielded mostly a regular starting XI, while Union chopped and changed with six players away on international duty – Joel Pohjanpalo, Julian Ryerson, Marcus Ingvartsen, Christopher Trimmel, Petar Musa and Nico Schlotterbeck. Loris Karius started between the sticks in place of Andreas Luthe, while Florian Hübner partnered up with Marvin Friedrich in central defence. Keita Endo, Leon Dajaku, Cedric Teuchert and Akaki Gogia led the line for the Köpenick club. Urs Fischer’s squad included four players from the club’s academy: Malick Sanogo, Fabian Schneider, Milos Cvjetinovic and Mathis Bruns. Daniel Meyer’s side took the lead in the 12th minute and it was a familiar face who headed the Lions ahead at the Alte Försterei. Abdullahi, who helped Union to Bundesliga promotion two seasons ago, headed home Koblyanski’s corner kick from the centre of the penalty box. Union’s first change was pre-planned with Christopher Lenz getting 30 minutes of football under his belt as he builds up his fitness after injury. Robin Knoche came in at the back and Union switched back to a three-man defence with Akaki Gogia and Marius Bülter occupying the full-back roles. But Braunschweig netted their second after 37 minutes with Lasse Schlüter advancing on the left and crossing for Abdullahi to head past Loris Karius from close range.

Union gave a much stronger account of themselves after the half-time break with Knoche almost heading one in after 51 minutes. Bülter showed quick feet a minute later to come inside and test the goalkeeper but Braunschweig remained in a comfortable position. Yassin Ben Balla passed up an open goal on 52 minutes and Koblyanski missed another one-vs-one chance before the game struck the hour mark. On 71 minutes, Fischer handed opportunities to Sanogo and Bruns in place of Endo and Friedrich. Three minutes after their introduction, the pair combined to create an excellent attack. Gogia took over and set up Bülter who fired home from close range to pull one back. Braunschweig's Ben Balla missed another good chance to add another to the away side's tally but he headed off the post on 81 minutes. Union probed and looked for the equaliser, but goalkeeper Felix Dornebusch pulled off a spectacular stop in the final minute to deny Gogia from range.

Union face Braunschweig friendly

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin will use the international break to share some minutes around the squad when Eintracht Braunschweig head to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Thursday March 25.

Thursday's 15:00 kick-off is behind closed doors but live on RBB24.


Urs Fischer will be without Anthony Ujah, Sheraldo Becker, Taiwo Awoniyi and Niko Gießelmann, all of whom are still injured or recovering. Six players are on international duty — Christopher Trimmel, Petar Musa, Julian Ryerson, Nico Schlotterbeck, Marcus Ingvartsen and Joel Pohjanpalo. The Köpenick club went down 5-2 in their last league match at Eintracht Frankfurt despite delivering a fine performance against the Champions League challengers. Two goals for Max Kruse took his tally to double figures for the season, but three goals in five minutes towards half-time eventually knocked the stuffing out of Union. The Braunschweig test comes just a few days ahead of Union's home derby against Hertha on Sunday April 4.


Eintracht Braunschweig are battling for their lives at the wrong end of the 2.Bundesliga. The Lions have collected nine from a possible last 15, so are beginning to fight back against potential relegation to the 3.Liga. Daniel Meyer's side drew 1-1 at the weekend against Darmstadt with Nick Proschwitz's slotting home a penalty for the Lions. Braunschweig's five-game run without conceding a goal came to end in the draw, but coach Meyer described the point as "completely acceptable". The visitors will include some ex-Union players on their trip to Berlin, including Suleiman Abdullahi who is on loan at the Eintracht-Stadion and has a contract in Köpenick until 2022. Martin Koblyanski, Benjamin Kessel and Felix Kroos are also playing their football in Braunschweig.


1. FC Union Berlin vs Eintracht Braunschweig

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