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1. FC Union Berlin vs VfL Bochum 1848

German 2. Bundesliga - 17. Matchday

1. FC Union vs Bochum

German 2. Bundesliga - 17. Matchday

Sat., 15. December 2018, 13:00 Uhr
An der Alten Försterei
2 : 0
20.728
SR: Dr. Matthias Jöllenbeck

Second half double fires Union Berlin to victory

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin scored two second half goals to see off VfL Bochum at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. 

After an even hour of football, Sebastian Polter slotted home from 12 yards, bagging his fifth goal of the league campaign. Robert Zulj added a second with two minutes to go and extend Union's unbeaten run to 19 games overall in the league — all 17 this term. 

It's a new record for the Köpenick club who have ended the Hinrunde — first round of fixtures — without defeat. Next week's game at Erzgebirge Aue marks the start of the Rückrunde and the end of league football for 2018. 

1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Trimmel, Friedrich, Parensen, Reichel (Ryerson 86); Zulj, Schmiedebach, Hartel; Mees (Gogia 73), Polter, Abdullahi (Andersson 67)

VfL Bochum: Riemann; Hoogland, Soares, Gyamerah, Fabian; Losilla, Tesche; Sam (Saglam 75), Weilandt, Lee; Hinterseer

Attendance: 20,728

With Florian Hübner suspended after reaching the yellow card threshold, Michael Parensen returned to the centre of defence. Sebastian Polter was brought in to lead the attack as Sebastian Andersson dropped to the bench. Ken Reichel came back in after the birth of his second child this week, whilst Marcel Hartel took Felix Kroos’ spot in midfield. It was Union’s number seven, who was at the heart of the game’s first scoring opportunity — he cushioned a neat pass from Polter before his right-foot shot was blocked by Bochum left-back Danilo Soares. Robin Dutt’s team spent most of the half posing the questions of the Union half, but the home side’s defence stood resolute. Anthony Losilla’s shot struck the post on 16 minutes and a few moments later, Rafal Gikiewicz took a heavy knock and received treatment on his knee. Nevertheless, the Polish goalkeeper got the better of his opponent on a number of occasions, saving from Soares on 28 minutes and then later from Hinterseer. Bochum ended the half with a decent chance, but Losilla ballooned his effort over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Although Union returned to the field without any changes, the home side emerged with a spring in their step. Fischer’s men took the game to Bochum in the early exchanges of the half and forced a succession of corner kicks within two-to-three minutes. On the hour mark, Polter was emptied in the box by Tim Hoogland and referee Matthias Jöllenbeck pointed straight to the spot. The Union number nine sent Riemann the wrong way and put Union in front. Fischer had changed to a straight 4-4-2 in the second period and added Sebastian Andersson to the forward line on 67 minutes. The Swedish striker was played through on goal a minute after his introduction but was thwarted by Riemann. Zulj was inches wide of sending a 25-yard free kick into the top corner but the Union midfielder would not be denied his first goal for Union Berlin. With two minutes left, the 26-year-old rounded off a fine second-half performance, breaking the Bochum offside trap and sliding the ball under Riemann to secure all three points.

Union coach Urs Fischer said post-match: "It was a very strong Bochum, especially in the first half. We lacked the last determination, especially in the one-v-one situations. In the first half we did not have the necessary luck in challenges, which you also need against a strong opponent like Bochum. We have addressed this in the half-time break, and we know what the team is capable of if the attitude is right. We played much better in the second half. In the end, it was a deserved victory, for me."

1. FC Union Berlin play host to VfL Bochum

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin are back at home at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Saturday December 15, with VfL Bochum the visitors to the German capital. The final home game of 2018 kicks off at 13:00.

Review: Union battle to draw, Bochum beaten at home

Urs Fischer’s side fought back in the second half against an industrious 1. FC Magdeburg side, who made life difficult for the Berliners at the MDCC-Arena on Sunday. Christian Beck gave the hosts a well-earned lead before the break, but Akaki Gogia came off the bench to fire Union on to level terms. Though the gap to 1. FC Köln has grown bigger to five points, Fischer’s men continue to show great character in adversity and have extended their unbeaten run to 16 games — 18 overall including the end of the last season.

VfL Bochum lost on Monday evening for the first time since the end of September. Robin Dutt’s side went down 3-1 at home to FC St. Pauli, who remain level on points with Union in fourth position. Bochum’s campaign has gone fairly well with Dutt stabilising the club’s fortunes following some difficulties in the 2.Bundesliga in seasons previously. They have been reliant on Tom Weilandt’s excellent contributions in attack, the 26-year-old scoring seven times in 14 appearances for the Ruhrstadion club.

Record: Union with strong upper hand in Köpenick

Bochum haven’t come away with three points from Berlin since July 2013, when Union were defeated on the first matchday of the 13/14 season. Union are strong against Bochum at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, winning 3-1 on the penultimate matchday of the last campaign when the Köpenick club remained locked in a relegation battle. Kenny Prince Redondo eased the pressure on the home side with a first-half opener, which was later followed by an injury-time strike from Steven Skrzybski — his last goal in the colours of Union before his transfer to Schalke. In late December 2000, Daniel Ernemann scored a 90th-minute winner as Union Berlin marched on to the semi-final of the German Cup — a competition where they would go on to appear in the final at the Olympiastadion against Schalke. 

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1. FC Union Berlin vs VfL Bochum 1848

44 % Possession 56 %
65 % Pass Completion Rate 73 %
47 % Successful Tackle Rate 53 %
19 Shots on Goal 21
9 Crosses 14
2 Caught Offside 3
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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