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1. FC Union Berlin vs FC St. Pauli

German 2. Bundesliga - 3. Matchday

1. FC Union vs St. Pauli

German 2. Bundesliga - 3. Matchday

Sun., 26. August 2018, 13:30 Uhr
An der Alten Försterei
4 : 1
22.012
intermittent clouds, 20 degrees
SR: Sven Jablonski

Andersson double helps Union secure 4-1 win

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin beat FC St Pauli 4-1 at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei to maintain their unbeaten start to the 2.Bundesliga campaign.

Grischa Prömel and Akaki Gogia scored within a minute of each other at the end of the first half. Sebastian Andersson scored early in the second period, while Henk Veerman netted a consolation for the visitors. The Swedish striker made it a brace with a cool finish two minutes from the final whistle.

1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Trimmel, Hübner, Friedrich, Reichel; Schmiedebach, Prömel, Kroos (Zulj 77); Hedlund (Ryerson 90), Gogia (Redondo 71), Andersson

FC St. Pauli: Himmelmann; Dudziak, Ziereis, Knoll, Buballa (Carstens 87); Flum, Buchtmann, Neudecker, Nehrig (Veerman 53), Moller Daehli; Diamantakos (Sahin 61)

The Stadion An der Alten Försterei was once again sold out for a competitive game and a red, white and yellow display aided the pre-game atmosphere. St. Pauli started well under pressure and broke the game up successfully in the middle of the park. Fischer’s team grew into the half in the last quarter of an hour. Johannes Flum and Christopher Buchtmann picked up yellow cards in an eight-minute period as Union threatened on the break. After 44 minutes, the St. Pauli defence buckled and Prömel was on hand to thump the ball beyond Robin Himmelmann. Before the half was out, Gogia was presented with a loose ball inside the box and he buried from close range to double the home side’s lead.

Union Berlin continued where they left off after the restart and on 58 minutes, Andersson outsmarted Philipp Ziereis before rolling the ball under Himmelmann for 3-0. Union sat deeper and looked to absorb the oncoming pressure from Markus Kauczinski’s men. Henk Veerman’s presence was a threat and the striker netted a consolation after 71 minutes. Rafal Gikiewicz made an excellent block seven minutes later to keep out a powerful drive from St. Pauli captain Christopher Buchtmann.

Union fans had a chance to see Robert Zulj for the first time since his loan move from Hoffenheim. The attacking-midfielder made an instant impact, finding Andersson in space who cooly slotted past Himmelmann from close range. With the match in stoppage time, Julian Ryerson was handed his debut at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei to run down the clock.

Fischer's side are back in action next Sunday (September 2, 13:30) away to SV Sandhausen. Tickets are available here.

St Pauli visit Union at the Alte Försterei

Match preview

After last weekend’s cup success at Carl Zeiss Jena, 1. FC Union Berlin turn their attention back to the 2.Bundesliga campaign with a home match against FC St. Pauli on Sunday August 26.

Urs Fischer’s team last ran out in league action in Cologne, where the Berliners earned a deserved point from the favourites for promotion in the second tier. The last home meeting, on the opening day, was a 1-0 win over FC Erzgebirge Aue.

Good start for Kiezkickers — League wins, but out of cup:

FC St. Pauli are the only team to win their two 2.Bundesliga games this season and enter the third matchday at the top of the table. However, the club from Hamburg lost in the German Cup to third-tier outfit Wehen Wiesbaden (2-3) which has put a damp note on their decent league efforts. Union head coach Fischer emphasised at the pre-match press conference that there is no need to underestimate St. Pauli on Sunday. "There are two possibilities: either it holds you back or you want to push forward. That makes St. Pauli more dangerous for us. First and foremost, we want to make sure we perform well," said the 52-year-old.

Union have a strong record against St. Pauli in recent times with seven games since their last defeat to the nothern German club. The two sides do share an honourable history with St. Pauli coming to Berlin for a friendly match on Wednesday June 2, 2004 at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. The encounter was part of "Blüten for Union" (Bleed for Union) which was to help support the club through tough economic times. Fans donated blood for money and some of it went to help the club secure their license to play in the third division.

Last season, Union won both matches against St. Pauli. Sebastian Polter's injury-time header secured a narrow 1-0 win in Köpenick before Simon Hedlund scored to ease relegation pressures and take three points from the Millerntor.

Personnel situation — Absentees returning, Kroos fit:

Fischer confirmed new signing Robert Zulj will be available for selection after joining on loan from Hoffenheim this week and completing a few days of training. Marc Torrejon and Joshua Mees are in individual training with the fitness coach along with Fabian Schönheim and Suleiman Abdullahi. Felix Kroos completed a couple of days of training following his head knock last weekend and is ready to be involved.

“You’ll need to wait and see on Sunday,” added the coach when asked whether Christopher Lenz would continue at left back in place of Ken Reichel who missed Sunday’s win in Jena with a muscle issue.

Ticket information — Match is sold out:

Sunday's game in Köpenick is sold out for home and away fans. Any available tickets will be placed on the secondary ticket market. As normal for a 13:30 kick off at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, the gates will open for supporters at midday.

 

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1. FC Union Berlin vs FC St. Pauli

49 % Possession 51 %
72 % Pass Completion Rate 78 %
52 % Successful Tackle Rate 48 %
10 Shots on Goal 10
9 Crosses 16
3 Caught Offside 2
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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