Despite leading twice, Union Berlin were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to SSV Jahn Regensburg. Felix Kroos and Philipp Hosiner looked to have fired the Köpenick club to a home win, but a late penalty from Marvin Knoll snatched two extra points away from the grasp of Andre Hofschneider’s side.
What we have seen in recent weeks is that Union Berlin can start extremely strongly. This week was similar on a freshly-laid surface at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei with the Regensburg keeper protecting his goal well. On 17 minutes, Christopher Trimmel’s corner kick was met by Marc Torrejon but Pentke rose sharp to the task and touched the ball on to the crossbar.
Even though Regensburg were arguably the better side towards the end of the first 45, Felix Kroos chimed in with the opener, tucking the ball home from the edge of the box. Steven Skrzybski should have scored either of his two clear chances in the box, but instead Regensburg hit back at the other end with Marco Grüttner firing home from a tight angle on the hour mark.
The hosts showed excellent character to respond so swiftly with Hosiner hooking the ball home on 64 minutes to restore Union’s lead. But Hofschneider’s team dropped back and deeper as the game went on and after missing a bunch of chances, Regensburg earned their just rewards. Kristian Pedersen was caught by surprise in the final minutes and referee Winkmann pointed straight to the spot after a foul. Marvin Knoll stepped up under pressure to ensure a share of the spoils for the visitors.
"We are naturally disappointed with the result. But I am also proud of my team, because the last weeks were not easy in our situation. Running and fighting, we have solved this well today. These are good attributes that show that the team works together. If we only play 2:2 after such a match, of course the disappointment remains. Now we have two weeks in which some of the injured may return to help us after the international break," said the coach post-match.
The upcoming international break puts league football on the back-burner for a fortnight. In the meantime, Union Berlin will host Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg in a friendly at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Thursday March 22 with kick off at 18:30. On Monday, a further match will be confirmed. The next league outing is in the south of Germany against Greuther Fürth on Sunday April 1 at 13:30.