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1. FC Union Berlin vs Norwich City FC

Friendly - 4. Matchday

1. FC Union vs Norwich

Friendly - 4. Matchday

Tue., 17. July 2018, 18:00 Uhr
Klosterpforte
2 : 1
750
intermittent clouds, 28 degrees
SR: Henrik Bramlage (Vechta) | Assistenten: Jost Steenken (Nordhorn), Christian Scheper (Emstek)

Union wins friendly against Norwich City

Match report

At the end of the ten day training camp in North-Rhine-Westphalia 1. FC Union Berlin beat English Championship side Norwich City Football Club 2-1. Kenny Prince Redondo (43.) and Norwich’s Timm Klose (OG, 68.) provided the goals for Union, James Rhodes scored for Norwich (58.).

1. FC Union Berlin:

Gikiewicz (66. Moser) – Trimmel (66. Lenz), Dietz (80.) , Friedrich (59. Schößwendter), Reichel (66. Kurzweg) – Prömel (74. Kahraman), Schmiedebach (66. Parensen), Hartel (66. Zejnullahu) – Gogia (66. Hedlund), Andersson (59. Wright), Redondo (74. Taz)

Norwich City FC:

Matthews – Marshall, Godfrey, Klose (72. Zimmermann), Aarons (72. Husband) – Passlack (72. Hernandez), Thompson (72. Leitner), Cantwell, Pukki (80. Srbeny) – McLean, Rhodes

Referee: Henrik Bramlage

Attendance: 750

Goals: 1:0 Redondo (43.), 1:1 Rhodes (58.), 2:1 Klose (68. OG)

Urs Fischer’s team started with lots of offensive power into the match and got off two shots on goal within the first five minutes. They were aggressive in the 50-50 situations and dictated possession on the uneven surface at “Stadion Laumeskamp”. A short water break after 26 minutes helped Norwich to change the momentum. The team of NCFC’s German manager Daniel Farke now defended a little higher, which opened up room for Union’s counter attacks. One of those situations led to the 1-0-lead for Union: Lars Dietz played a long ball from deep inside Union’s half, Kenny Prince Redondo chased after the bouncing ball and got his head to it before hesitating NCFC-goalie Remi Matthews could put his hands out (43rd).

Both teams re-entered the field without any half-time subs. Only minutes into the second half, Redondo almost got his second goal of the day, but Matthews got a finger on the attempt from outside the box and pushed it against the post. On the other end, Ex-Dortmund player Felix Passlack set up his teammate Jordan Rhodes with a run through the Union defense. Rhodes had no problems to convert Passlack’s cross to make it 1-1 (58th). Union-manager Urs Fischer subbed in and out six players in the 67th minute. Moments later, a throw in bounced off Timm Klose’s head, hit the far post and landed in the back of the net (68th). Union managed to preserve the 2-1 advantage despite being a man down – Lars Dietz went out of the game in the 80th minute with no more subs on Union’s bench.

“We saw the right approaches throughout the whole game, even the number of chances we had was good. I am pleased with today’s performance. We played strong, the organisation and processes worked well, but we can’t rest on this result. It was only a friendly”, said Urs Fischer after the game.

Union’s next match is coming up quickly, a friendly against French first division side Girondins Bordeaux on Saturday, July 21, 2018. It’s taking place at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei with kick-off at 6pm and is presented bei the IFA – Berlin’s international Communications Conference. Tickets are available for pre-sale and on game day.

Day 9 – Intense Preparations for tomorrows friendly

Match preview

Today’s now 30-year-old birthday boy Christoph Schösswendter looked pleasantly surprised when a big red strawberry cake was brought into the lunch room, as manager Urs Fischer pushed his team through two high-paced training sessions on day 9 of training camp in Klosterpforte.

The team used the morning session on pitch 3 to practice possession play, at first without and later with goals. In the afternoon, back on the main pitches 1 and 2 right behind the teams’ hotel, Fischer and the rest of the coaching staff increased the intensity further. They split the players up into two groups, one practicing set pieces and the other working on short, quick passes. During the remaining time, the players showed everything they got in small- and large-sided games across the whole field. Just when they thought they were done, strength and conditioning coach Martin Krüger asked the players to join him for shuttle runs, pushing them to their limits.

Norwich City Football Club: A story of ups and downs

Founded in 1902, the club from east England spend the last 25 years moving around between the first and third division of English football. The inaugural season of the Premier League in 1992/93 saw Norwich in a surprising third-place-finish. At the end of the 2008/09 campaign, NCFC was relegated to League One. Over the next two years, they went straight back into Premier League, since the summer of 2016 they are back in the second-tier Championship.

The game between 1. FC Union Berlin and Norwich City FC will take place at “Stadium Laumeskamp” (Boker Str. 31, 33129 Delbrück) on Tuesday, July 17th at 6 pm. It will be the first encounter of the two teams. Tickets are only available on site: 10 euros (8 euros discounted) for seated areas, 8 euros (6 euros discounted) for standing terraces, 4 euros for youth between 12 and 18 years of age. Kids 12 years and under get in for free.

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