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1. FSV Mainz 05 vs 1. FC Union Berlin

Bundesliga, 11. Matchday

Mainz vs 1. FC Union

Bundesliga, 11. Matchday

Sat., 09. November 2019, 15:30 Uhr
2 : 3
SR: Harm Osmers

Union Berlin clinch first away Bundesliga win

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin picked up their first away victory in the Bundesliga, beating Mainz 3-1 at the OPEL-Arena.

Sebastian Andersson scored two goals, either side of the half-time break. The opener came from Marcus Ingvartsen to set Urs Fischer’s side on their way to an excellent away win.

Karim Onisiwo scored for Mainz with 9 minutes left and Daniel Brosinski stoppage time strike made it a nervy final 60 seconds for Union.

1. FSV Mainz 05: Zentner; Brosinski, Martin (Burkhart 77), St. Juste, Niakhate; Boetius (Onisiwo 60), Fernandes, Baku; Öztunali (Maxim 52), Quaison, Szalai

1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Schlotterbeck (Parensen 32), Friedrich, Subotic; Lenz, Trimmel, Gentner, Andrich, Ingvartsen; Polter (Kroos 76), Andersson (Ujah 88)

Union, dressed in the neon green third kit, started the game with one change from the derby victory against Hertha Berlin — the winning scorer Sebastian Polter was rewarded with a start in place of Marius Bülter. There was no hangover from last week’s success as Union pressed and hustled the home team in red. Robert Andrich was cautioned early on for a bit of over-zealousness in a challenge with Adam Szalai. In forward areas, Union looked dangerous with Polter and Andersson together, supported by Ingvartsen and both wing-backs. On 15 minutes, Andersson teed up Christian Gentner who blazed over from close range. Andrich set up Christopher Lenz three minutes later, but the left-back couldn’t control the shot with his weaker foot. Union Berlin goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz was equally alert to keep out Adam Szalai after the 20th-minute mark before Baku curled wide with the clearest opportunity of the half. The Köpenick club grew back into the game and never looked back, scoring the opening goal after half an hour — Ingvartsen started the attack, combined with Trimmel whose cross was bundled into the net by Brosinski. Earlier in the half, centre back Keven Schlotterbeck took a knock from the ball bouncing back off his face and Michael Parensen eventually took his place. The final touch of the first 45 minutes came from Andersson who bulleted home Trimmel’s corner kick, his fourth goal of the season.   

Six minutes after the restart, Andersson scored his second goal with the Swede heading in another cross from Christoper Trimmel's free-kick. With a three-goal advantage, Fischer's side looked composed and in control of the game. The hosts, under pressure from the home crowd, struggled to find a way through a resolute defensive block. Sebastian Polter was given a standing ovation for his performance as he was replaced by Felix Kroos. Substitute Karim Onisiwo knocked in a cross to cut the deficit with nine minutes left. Sandro Schwarz's team threw everything at Union and Daniel Brosinski scored in the third minute of stoppage time. It created a slightly uncomfortable final 60 seconds for Union, but the derby winners stayed strong and ran out 3-2 winners in Mainz.

The Bundesliga takes a break for the international week, but Union will return in a fortnight to play Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Union make trip to Mainz

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin will look to build on last week’s derby success when Urs Fischer’s men travel to Mainz on Saturday at 15:30.

Review: Union triumph in derby, Mainz hammered in Leipzig

The first Bundesliga derby between Union and Hertha lived up to the billing. Tempers may have flared in the stands, but Union held their nerve to win in dramatic fashion. Christian Gentner was bundled over by Dedryck Boyata on 89 minutes and referee Deniz Aytekin pointed to spot after confirmation from VAR. Sebastian Polter stepped up in additional time to score the winner, a week after he celebrated scoring at Bayern Munich. There were scuffles at the end which threatened to boil over but there was no distraction from an important three points for Fischer, whose side moved on to double figures for the season and into 14th.

“In front of us stands Mainz,” the Swiss coach told the gathered media on Thursday. “We’ll see if there’s a chance to add points. Then we’ll concentrate on the next game. We aren’t making a list of “we want points here or this number or points by then”. We saw how important the 3 points were v Hertha.“

Sandro Schwarz’s Mainz are one spot above the relegation play-off position in the Bundesliga and the Carnival Club are coming off the back of an awful result in Leipzig. Mainz conceded eight without reply as Timo Werner helped himself to a hat-trick of goals and assists, while Marcel Sabitzer continued to shine in Julian Nagelsmann’s team. Mainz’s campaign has thus far followed a similar pattern of win and defeat, win and defeat. At home, Mainz ran out 3-1 winners against 1. FC Köln last time out with goals from Jean-Paul Boetius, Robin Quaison and Levan Öztunali.

Record: Mainz hold upper-hand

Saturday’s game is the first competitive meeting in 15 years. Both games in Mainz have gone the way of the home side — 1-2 and 0-1 defeats both in 2003. The previous encounter was in 2004 at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei with the sides playing out a 1-1 draw. The Köpenick club have won two of the last three games following victories against Freiburg & Hertha in the Bundesliga. Union’s solitary Bundesliga point came on the second weekend of the season at Augsburg.

Personnel: Just two absentees

Fischer confirmed in the pre-match press conference that Andy Gogia and Grischa Prömel are still unavailable for selection. Otherwise, there is almost a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday’s fixture. Michael Parensen is making good steps in training following a knock in Freiburg, while Suleiman Abdullahi has successfully returned to team training. Meanwhile, Laurenz Dehl was badly injured in the last U19 match and has undergone surgery, which will see him out of action for the remainder of 2019.

Service: Tickets on matchday

More than 2,600 tickets have been sold for visiting supporters and there will be a final opportunity for fans to secure their place at the match at the OPEL Arena on Saturday. The complete attendance is expected to be 23,000, according to Mainz’s own calculations.

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1. FSV Mainz 05 vs 1. FC Union Berlin

36 % Possession 64 %
60 % Pass Completion Rate 75 %
45 % Successful Tackle Rate 50 %
17 Shots on Goal 2
2 Crosses 8
1 Caught Offside 1
1 Yellow Cards 4
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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