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1. FC Union Berlin vs Sport-Club Freiburg

Bundesliga - 8. Matchday

1. FC Union vs Freiburg

Bundesliga - 8. Matchday

Sat., 19. October 2019, 15:30 Uhr
An der Alten Försterei
2 : 0
22.012
SR: Benjamin Cortus

1. FC Union Berlin defeat Freiburg 2-0

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin ran out 2-0 winners in the Bundesliga against SC Freiburg with goals from Marius Bülter and Marcus Ingvartsen.

At a sold out Stadion An der Alten Försterei, Bülter fired home a spectacular opener in the first minute. Despite creating after chance, without the rewards, the home side battled on and clinched the three points with six minutes to play. Ingvartsen carried the ball into a good area and fired a terrific shot over the hands of Niclas Thiede.

1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Parensen, Schlotterbeck, Friedrich; Trimmel, Lenz, Andrich, Gentner (Kroos 78); Ingvartsen, Andersson (Ujah 83), Bülter (Mees 88)

SC Freiburg: Schwolow (Thiede 22); Lienhart, Koch, Heintz; Günter, Höfler, Abrashi (Petersen 45), Schmid, Haberer; Waldschmidt, Höler (Grifo 58)

Neven Subotic (muscle tightness) and Sheraldo Becker (injured in training) dropped out of the starting XI from the loss in Wolfsburg. Urs Fischer called upon the experienced Michael Parensen and Marcus Ingvartsen to play from the start as the coach continued with his three-man defensive shape. The game was less than 60 seconds old when Bülter clipped the ball into space and smashed a stunning right-foot drive past Alexander Schwolow from about 30 yards. The Freiburg goalkeeper was beaten again — this time from Marcus Ingvartsen, who shifted the ball on to his left foot, right corner of the box, but was denied by the woodwork. At the other end, Rafal Gikiewicz reacted quickly to a potentially dangerous deflection and parried clear a shot from Philipp Lienhart. Christian Streich was forced to substitute in Niclas Thiede for Schwolow after 22 minutes with the Freiburg goalie suffering some discomfort. The replacement keeper was edged out of an aerial duel with Sebastian Andersson as the Swedish striker headed into the net, but referee Benjamin Cortus whistled for a foul. Bülter continued to be a menace throughout the half, changing sides with Ingvartsen and creating disorganisation in the Freiburg ranks. On 29 minutes, he drove down the wing, sent in a tantalising cross but there were no takers from the players in red. The left-wing opened up the Freiburg backline towards the end of the half, Christian Gentner chipping a pass into Christopher Lenz’s path but the Union full-back blazed over. Thiede’s biggest intervention came in additional time, pulling off an impressive save from Ingvartsen’s close-range header.

Freiburg's coach Christian Streich was clearly looking for more after the break and he introduced Nils Petersen for the second half. Union handled the extra physical presence from the visitors and missed a handful of opportunities through Parensen, Bülter and Ingvartsen. Felix Kroos took Gentner's place after 77 minutes as Fischer pushed for fresh legs in the middle of the park. Anthony Ujah soon followed, the Nigerian striker replacing Sebastian Andersson. The Swede was denied by Thiede shortly before his substitution, the chance created by an excellent overlap from Lenz. In the 84th minute, Union patiently moved the ball upfield in the direction of Ingvartsen on the right-side. The Dane dribbled infield and fired a wonderful, dipping strike over the substiute goalkeeper and into the net — his first goal for 1. FC Union Berlin since joining in the summer. Goalscorer Bülter was taken off to a rapturous applause in the final minutes, with Joshua Mees handed the task to see out the remaining phase. Mees broke clear in a few positive moments as Union looked more likely to grab a third than concede at the other end.

After ending the run of four straight defeats in the Bundesliga, Urs Fischer's team will make the trip south to the German champions Bayern Munich. The match at the Allianz Arena is next Saturday at 15:30.

Full match report to follow.

Union Berlin host high-flying Freiburg

Match preview

The latest international break is over and 1. FC Union Berlin return to Bundesliga action on Saturday at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei against SC Freiburg.

Review: Union lose at Wolfsburg, Freiburg make strong start

The previous Bundesliga encounter for Urs Fischer’s team ended in defeat — by a solitary goal against Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena. Wout Weghorst scored netted after 69 minutes to keep Oliver Glasner’s team on track for an unbeaten start. Union rallied with a few half chances, including a great strike by Robert Andrich in stoppage time but the home side ran out the victors. The Köpenick club haven’t won in the league since the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, but have competed bravely at home with the likes of Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt who both narrowly took the three points.

Christian Streich’s Freiburg have made an impressive start to the campaign — albeit against a slightly easier level of opposition that Union have faced. Freiburg are fourth, two points off the top of the league at this stage and consistently looked dangerous up front and in wide areas. Streich’s side recently drew 2-2 at home to Borussia Dortmund, while winning in their last away match at Fortuna Düsseldorf. Freiburg trailed twice against Dortmund, but fought back with Luca Waldschmidt’s 55th minute effort and Manuel Akanji’s own goal in the last minute of the 90.

Record: Union took the points from Freiburg in 2016

Union have suffered defeat in three of the five previous matches against Freiburg. The most recent, the final game of the 2015/16 season, was the single win for the Köpenick club. Union sealed a 2-1 win to close the curtain on the campaign with Freiburg already assured of promotion to the top division. In all five meetings with Union, Freiburg have been able to score. Keven Schlotterbeck, on loan from Freiburg to Union, will potentially face his brother Nico who is playing for Streich’s team.

Personnel: Gogia & Prömel remain out

Fischer confirmed in the pre-match press conference that Akaki Gogia and Grischa Prömel were still injured. Suleiman Abdullahi has trained the whole week, but had a minor setback yesterday — the same for Sheraldo Becker. Florian Hübner is a candidate for the squad having trained the last fortnight and come through 30 minutes against Dynamo Dresden last week.

Service: No tickets left

Saturday’s game is sold out — the last chance to get tickets is to check the club’s official secondary ticket market.

As normal, the club encourages all supporters to use the various means of public transport as there are few parking spaces in the immediate grounds of the stadium.

There are places to lock your bike if you are travelling this way.

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MatchStatistics

1. FC Union Berlin vs Sport-Club Freiburg

39 % Possession 61 %
76 % Pass Completion Rate 79 %
44 % Successful Tackle Rate 56 %
16 Shots on Goal 12
19 Crosses 14
1 Caught Offside 1
3 Yellow Cards 0
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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