1. FC Union Berlin vs Hannover 96
Friendly, 8. Matchday
1. FC Union vs Hannover 96
Friendly, 8. Matchday
Union Berlin score four in Hannover friendly
1. FC Union Berlin used the international break to build on a positive start to the season, with a 4-1 victory over second-tier Hannover 96 at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.
Three goals in six minutes in the second half — a brace from Cedric Teuchert and one from Marius Bülter — rounded off an excellent Thursday night's work in front of 1,759 supporters.
Akaki Gogia found the net after 27 minutes from the penalty spot, but it was cancelled out by Valmir Sulejmani's equaliser four minutes after the restart.
1. FC Union Berlin: Karius; Ryerson, Hübner, Friedrich (Knoche 45), Gießelmann; Griesbeck (Schneider 79), Prömel (Maciejewski 69); Kruse (Teuchert 45), Endo (Bülter 61), Gogia (Becker 45); Awoniyi
Hannover: Esser (Ratajczak 45); Elez, Twumasi (Enalli 88), Frantz (Bokake 70), Weydant (De Waal 70), Sulejmani (Tresoldi 88), Ochs (Eichhorn 80), Basdas, Schindler (Becker 70), Stehle, Tarnat
Urs Fischer’s squad during the international break picked itself with Christopher Trimmel and Joel Pohjanpalo away representing their countries, while Nico Schlotterbeck, Anthony Ujah and Christian Gentner were out through injury. Loris Karius made his debut in Union colours following his loan switch from Liverpool towards the end of the transfer window. Akaki Gogia made his first start since his recovery from long-term injury during the summer. The winger was in excellent form, weaving in-and-out of tight spaces to create openings in attack for Union. After just five minutes, he stepped away from Patrick Twumasi, slid the ball through to Taiwo Awoniyi but the on-loan Liverpool attacker pulled his finish wide of the post. Awoniyi created for Keita Endo but Michael Esser made a smart save to turn the ball behind for a corner. The resulting delivery found Marvin Friedrich who would have scored from close range, if referee Alexander Sather hadn’t blown for a foul. Union’s strength in the wide areas would lead to the opener after 27 minutes. Endo played a cute give-and-go with Gogia before Josip Elez bundled over the former Yokohama winger in the box. From the penalty kick, Gogia stepped up with confidence and chipped the ball straight down the middle.
Fischer rotated his team at the interval with three substitutions — Marvin Friedrich, Max Kruse and Gogia off; Sheraldo Becker, Robin Knoche and Cedric Teuchert on. However, Kenan Kocak’s side, who celebrated a derby win over Braunschweig in their last league match, drew level after 49 minutes. Patrick Twumasi struck from about 10 yards out against the post, but former Union player Sulejmani poked in the rebound. Hannover’s substitute goalkeeper Michael Ratajczak was brought into the game soon after as Robin Knoche stung his palms with a volley from inside the area. After Endo’s match was ended after an hour — replaced by Marius Bülter — Teuchert and Becker both combined to draw a double-save from the Hannover goalie. Bülter was on hand to put Union back into the lead after 69 minutes, heading in a terrific cross from Becker. Two minutes later, Florian Hübner connected with a corner kick from Niko Gießelman, but Teuchert nipped in at the back-post to make the goal count as his. The summer signing bagged his second against his former employers, tucking home from a tight angle following a tidy through ball from Julian Ryerson. Substitute Tim Maciejewski struck the crossbar with a fantastic curling effort after 85 minutes as the youngster came close to his first since stepping up from the academy. Fabio Schneider, another academy graduate, made his second appearance at the Alte Försterei for the first-team, replacing Sebastian Griesbeck with about 11 minutes to go.
Four goals to the good and plenty of minutes in the bag across the squad, 1. FC Union Berlin will have an extended week to prepare for next Sunday's return of the Bundesliga. Fischer's side head to Gelsenkirchen to take on Schalke at 18:00.
Union meet Hannover in Thursday friendly
While the international break forces the Bundesliga to take a break, 1. FC Union Berlin will look to add valuable minutes with a friendly against Hannover at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.
Thursday's kick-off is at 17:00 and gates open an hour before.
1. FC Union Berlin picked up three points for the first time this season, beating Mainz 4-0 at the Alte Försterei last Friday. Max Kruse's first start was rewarded by his first goal for 1. FC Union Berlin after just 13 minutes. Jan-Moritz Lichte was shown in as Mainz head coach earlier in the week following the dismissal of Achim Beierlorzer amid ongoing tussles with players in the dressing room due to salary cuts. Mainz competed for the half, but in the second half, Union came out on top with an impressively clinical performance. Marcus Ingvartsen added a second on 49 minutes from Christopher Trimmel's cross, while the Austrian international supplied the goods for Marvin Friedrich to score in the 63rd minute. Joel Pohjanpalo was introduced for the first time and scored within about 30 seconds of being on the pitch. The 4-0 win over Mainz is Union's highest winning margin in the Bundesliga.
Kenan Kocak's Hannover will be in good spirits after last weekend's derby win over Eintracht Braunschweig. The 4-1 win moves the Reds on to six points after three matches, which is a promising start for the former Bundesliga outfit. Martin Koblyanski gave Braunschweig a lead after 51 minutes but Hannover responded impressively to win the game in emphatic fashion. Linton Maina equalised three minutes later before goals Henrik Weydant, Niklas Hult and Genki Haraguchi added shine to the win.
Urs Fischer will use the opportunity to tweak some aspects to his side against competitive opposition. "Hannover have lot of Bundesliga experience and they are one of the absolute top teams in the 2.Bundesliga," said the Swiss coach. "They have been able to strengthen their position in the current transfer period and are coming into this with a good tailwind from their derby victory. We would like to use this game to stay in rhythm and try out new things." Christian Gentner, Anthony Ujah and Nico Schlotterbeck are unavailable for selection through injury, while Trimmel and Pohjanpalo are on international duty.
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