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1. FC Union Berlin vs VfL Wolfsburg

Friendly, 18. Matchday

1. FC Union vs Wolfsburg

Friendly, 18. Matchday

Thu., 22. March 2018, 18:30 Uhr
An der Alten Försterei
0 : 3

Late goals earn Wolfsburg win against youthful Union

Match report

Head coach Andre Hofschneider handed first-team debuts to several fringe players as Union Berlin went down 3-0 at home to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

More than 1,000 fans braved the conditions under the lights at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei as the Köpenick club took full advantage of the break in league football to test themselves against high-quality opposition. Willian, Victor Osimhen and Blaz Kramer punished a streak of mistakes from the home side in the final 20 minutes to leave with a win.

Hofschneider’s starting team included Lars Dietz, a January signing from Borussia Dortmund, as well as, U19 skipper Lennard Maloney and young midfielder Maurice Opfermann. First-team minutes were also handed out to Cihan Kahraman, who has been a permanent fixture in training this season, and U19 aces Anthony Roczen and Anton Kanther.

Inspiration was lacking on both teams in the first 20 minutes, but experienced Bundesliga ace Daniel Didavi broke through the home defence and struck a shot against the crossbar. The pressure continued from Bruno Labbadia’s team with Jakob Busk forced into action to deny Osimhen and Maximilian Arnold before the half hour point.

Union’s best hope of creativity came on the left-hand side with Peter Kurzweg, who took up a number of excellent positions in attack. But often the final pass was just a little off the mark when looking to tee up Philipp Hosiner in the box.

Wolfsburg took the lead on 72 minutes when right-back Willian curled home a free kick from the edge of the penalty area. Eight minutes later, Osimhen punished slack defending to tuck past Busk from close range before Blaz Kramer rounded off the 90 minutes with an impressive solo goal.

Union’s preparations for the final leg of the campaign continue on Monday March 26 (14:30) against 2.Bundesliga promotion-chasers Holstein Kiel. The match takes place at Kiel’s academy centre on Steenbecker Weg in Kiel-Projensdorf.


International break: Union Berlin take on VfL Wolfsburg

Match preview

1.FC Union Berlin is in action during the international break and welcomes Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Thursday March 22 at 18:30.

Andre Hofschneider’s team are coming off the back of two home draws against Jahn Regensburg and Erzgebirge Aue, and will be keen to maximise the opportunity to face the Wolves during the pause of league action.

Thursday is the sixth clash with Wolfsburg, who are 15th in the Bundesliga. In the 1991-92 season, Union Berlin fell short at the playoff point for promotion to the second division, losing 6-1 on aggregate to the side from Lower Saxony.

Free entrance for kids

Tickets are available for the match against Wolfsburg from all normal points of sale – including the stadium and online.

Tickets for the main stand and sector two are available for 10EUR* (seat) and 5EUR* (standing).

Children up to and including 12 years of age are eligible for free admission.

Children’s tickets for the seating area can be purchased free of charge alongside a full-paying adult.

With a full-paying adult ticket, two free children’s tickets can be booked in addition.

Sector two doesn’t require separate tickets for children.

Parking spaces are available in car park P1 in front of the main stand for 4EUR per parking space.

*plus booking and online fee



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