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1. FC Union Berlin vs FC Augsburg

Bundesliga, 4. Matchday

1. FC Union vs Augsburg

Bundesliga, 4. Matchday

Sat., 11. September 2021, 15:30 Uhr
An der Alten Försterei
0 : 0
10.207
SR: Martin Petersen

Union and Augsburg draw 0-0

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin picked up another Bundesliga point despite a 0-0 draw at home to Augsburg.

Union: Luthe; Friedrich, Knoche, Baumgartl; Gießelmann, Trimmel (Ryerson 86), Öztunali (Prömel 70), Khedira, Möhwald (Haraguchi 22); Kruse (Voglsammer 70), Awoniyi (Becker 86)

Augsburg: Gikiewicz; Iago, Gouweleeuw, Oxford, Gumny; Vargas (Cordova 62), Dorsch (Maier 90), Caligiuri (Jensen 78), Framberger; Niederlechner (Zeqiri 62), Hahn (Pedersen 78)

Urs Fischer handed an Union debut for deadline signing Kevin Möhwald who joined from Werder Bremen. The midfielder was given his first appearance in the week in a 2-0 friendly win over Lichtenberg 47, but Möhwald wouldn’t have to wait long for his first shot at the Bundesliga with Union. Meanwhile, after a long injury lay-off at the start of the new campaign, midfielder Grischa Prömel was included in the matchday squad for the first time in 2021/22. As Union have often managed successfully in Köpenick, the hosts were aggressive and direct in the opening spell of the game. Taiwo Awoniyi was a nuisance against his counterparts but he blazed over his first sight at goal from a rather tight angle. There was a familiar face in Augsburg’s goal: former Union keeper Rafal Gikiewicz, the Polish stopper who helped the Köpenick club earn promotion to the Bundesliga. Gikiewicz was at the heart of the action early on and he kept out fortuitously a header from Niko Gießelmann who broke into the penalty box. The left-back, who celebrated goals in Hoffenheim and at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach last week, drilled an excellent volley off the inside of the post in the 10th minute. Gießelmann headed over from close range on 19 minutes in an action-packed first 20 for the Union left back. Kevin Möhwald’s debut started well in red, commanding the midfield and always keen to get on the ball. However, the 28-year-old suffered an unfortunate knock and was taken off on 22 minutes for precaution – Genki Haraguchi took his place after he made his 63rd appearance for the Japan national team in the week. The stoppage in play maybe benefited Markus Weinzierl’s team as Augsburg looked more of a danger in attack following the switch. Goalkeeper Andreas Luthe was kept on his own up until that point but after 30 minutes, the Union number one stopped his former team from scoring. Iago’s curling shot looked set to find the top corner, if not for Luthe, while Reece Oxford headed on target. The English defender looked a threat from set-pieces in the Augsburg ranks but Luthe protected the Union box to keep the scores level at the break.

Augsburg striker Florian Niederlechner headed wide of the Union goal within the first minute of the restart at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. A shock from the visitors forced Union to work harder, press more and look to take control of the game. Standing in the way of Fischer’s side time and time again was the former Union number one Gikiewicz. On 55 minutes, Niko Gießelmann was in the right position to take advantage of a loose clearance but his shot was palmed away by Gikiewicz. Both goalkeepers weren’t just busy, but crucial in the game remaining without a goal. An Augsburg corner kick landed perfectly at the feet of substitute Sergio Cordova but somehow Andreas Luthe swatted away the effort. Back to Union, the home side will have felt they should have taken the lead but Gikiewicz was to the rescue for Weinzierl's men. Awoniyi found a yard to get a shot away and then Voglsammer followed up but the Polish stopper reacted well. Then, a minute later, Marvin Friedrich headed agonisingly off the crossbar from about eight yards out. The woodwork came to Augsburg's safety on the 79th minute as Voglsammer drifted inside from the right on to his left foot, but his curling shot was a milimetre or two away from finding the back of the net. With just over 10,000 fans in attendance at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, both teams will go away with a point each after this afternoon's 90 minutes.

Union will return to European action on Thursday evening, the first group phase encounter of the UEFA Europa Conference League. The Union away section is sold out for the trip to Slavia Prague this week.

Union face Augsburg home clash

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin return to league business after the international break with a home match on Saturday against Augsburg.

Review: The last match

1. FC Union Berlin won 2-1 at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei to continue the excellent start to the campaign. Niko Gießelmann doubled his tally for Union Berlin, heading the Köpenick club into the lead on 22 minutes. After a bright start in his second season in Union colours, Taiwo Awoniyi celebrated one of his highlights at the club. The Nigerian striker ran almost the length of the pitch, holding the ball up before eventually combining wonderfully with Max Kruse and slotting past Yann Sommer. Borussia Mönchengladbach returned from the interval with something to prove after a difficult start to Adi Hütter's team's season. Andreas Luthe was kept on his toes, but as Union settled back into the contest, Urs Fischer's side may have felt the game could have been put to bed. Gießelmann headed wide on the hour mark from a free-kick while Max Kruse's shot was deflected from a good position. Jonas Hofmann netted in stoppage time to make it a nervy conclusion to proceedings, but the three points were added to Union's account. 

Augsburg: Opposition Report

Markus Weinzierl is back at FC Augsburg, the architect of their biggest successes over the last decade. The 46-year-old coached Augsburg between 2012 and 2016, winning promotion to the Bundesliga, The Manager of the Year in 2013 and securing European qualification for the Reds. Three games into the 2021/22 Bundesliga season and Augsburg have one point to their name – a 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt. Sandwiched on either side are two heavy defeats to Leverkusen and Hoffenheim. Augsburg conceded three goals in the last 12 minutes against Hoffenheim but were competitive on the opening weekend. The last home game at the WWK Arena in Augsburg went end-to-end against Leverkusen who shared the spoils with Union on MD1. Two own goals from Iago and Florian Niederlechner put Augsburg behind, while the striker cut the deficit before the break. Patrick Schick and Florian Wirtz added to the scoring late on to give Leverkusen all three points.

Augsburg: The coach's view

Fischer: "If it is all about points, then it hasn't been an optimal start. I have seen watched all of their games so far. The matches against Leverkusen and Hoffenheim were right, the goals towards the end of these games made the difference bigger. We have to prepare for this as best as possible. We weren't able to pick up points from the meetings last season."

Personnel

Urs Fischer's squad is at full health, with Union's international stars returning without any knocks. Tymoteusz Puchacz is the last to return following Poland's 1-1 draw with England in World Cup qualification.

Service

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MatchStatistics

1. FC Union Berlin vs FC Augsburg

60 % Possession 40 %
82 % Pass Completion Rate 76 %
48 % Successful Tackle Rate 52 %
16 Shots on Goal 14
19 Crosses 15
1 Caught Offside 1
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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