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Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs 1. FC Union Berlin

German DFB Pokal, Round of 16

Leverkusen vs 1. FC Union

German DFB Pokal, Round of 16

Wed., 04. March 2020, 18:30 Uhr
3 : 1
SR: Benjamin Cortus

Ten man Union suffer quarter-final knock

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin went down 1-3 at Bayer Leverkusen with ten men and exit the DFB Pokal at the quarter-final stage.

Marcus Ingvartsen returned to the team and headed Urs Fischer's into the lead after 39 minutes.

But the match turned after Christopher Lenz's second yellow in the 71st minute and within 60 seconds, Karim Bellarabi had equalised for Leverkusen. The Köpenick club defended bravely, but the one-way traffic was too much to hold out and Charles Aranguiz and Moussa Diaby fired Peter Bosz's team into the semi-final inside the last four minutes.

Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky; Tah (Diaby 45), S. Bender, Tapsoba; Sinkgraven, Amiri (Weiser 45), Aranguiz, Demirbay; Havertz, Alario, Bailey (Bellarabi 69)

1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Schlotterbeck, Friedrich, Parensen; Ryerson, Lenz, Prömel (Kroos 81), Andrich; Bülter (Trimmel 73), Ujah (Andersson 70), Ingvartsen

Urs Fischer stuck by his promise to freshen up the side for the midweek Cup tie. Out of the side went Christian Gentner, Christopher Trimmel, Neven Subotic, Yunus Malli and Sebastian Andersson and in came Grischa Prömel, Michael Parensen, Julian Ryerson, Marcus Ingvartsen and Anthony Ujah. If the Union head coach was looking for a sprightly, energetic performance, he got it. His team dominated second balls and carved out a chance in attack after 11 minutes. Ujah held his run to find space in behind, the Nigerian picked out Bülter who was denied by Lukas Hradecky. As a result of a medical emergency in the home end, both sets of supporters opted to remain silent in respect for the fan receiving treatment. This certainly had an effect on the tempo of the game and the number of mistakes from the home end. That said, Union's excellent discipline off-the-ball forced Peter Bosz's team into errors, which in the end led to the opening goal. Jonathan Tah gave the ball away and Union pounced. Bülter took the ball down the right-side of the box, chipped to the back-post and Ingvartsen nodded past Leverkusen's Hradecky.

Leverkusen's half-time switch showed how frustrated the home side were with the first 45 minutes – Moussa Diaby and Mitchell Weiser replaced Tah and Nadiem Amiri. Although Bosz's men appeared to carry more of a punch in attack, Union defended resolutely. In attack, chances were a premium for the visitors, with Robert Andrich's speculative effort on the hour the only sight of goal. Ujah couldn't add to his goal from the first round, but his outstanding work-rate was rewarded with an early night as he was replaced by Sebastian Andersson. The game turned on the 71st minute when Lenz dived in on Aranguiz and received his second yellow card. It took Karim Bellarabi just a few seconds to rifle the equaliser past Rafal Gikiewicz. Fischer tried to plug defensive holes with Trimmel's experience, but Leverkusen were too strong in the end. Charles Aranguiz headed the home side into a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute before Diaby finished off the contest in the second minute of stoppage time to put Leverkusen into the last four.

Union fight for Cup semi-final berth in Leverkusen

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen will compete for a place in this season’s semi-finals of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday (18:30) at the BayArena.

Urs Fischer’s team reached the last eight for the first time in 19 years — the last occasion Union contested the final of the tournament.

Review: A well-earned point at home, Leverkusen hold RB Leipzig

Goals from Sebastian Andersson and Marvin Friedrich put 1. FC Union Berlin into a two-goal lead against Wolfsburg on Sunday. Andersson took his record to 10 for the season, while Friedrich’s header was his first goal in Germany’s top division. However, Wolfsburg fought back in the second half with goals from Yannick Gerhardt and Wout Weghorst. One more point takes Union past the 30 mark with 10 matches to play. In the DFB Pokal, Fischer’s side have reached the last eight with wins over Germania Halberstadt, SC Freiburg and in the last round at SC Verl.

Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen took a point at RB Leipzig on Sunday to consolidate their position in fifth place. Leon Bailey scored after 29 minutes, but Patrick Schick equalised a couple of minutes later for Julian Nagelsmann’s team. Domestically, things are going well for Leverkusen with two points to Borussia Mönchengladbach in fourth and four off Borussia Dortmund in third. The one-time DFB Pokal winners have seen off Alemannia Aachen, Paderborn and Stuttgart on their way to the quarter-finals. Peter Bosz’s team remain in three competitions, including the UEFA Europa League after the Werkself defeated FC Porto in the Round of 32.

Record: Leverkusen boast strong record

1. FC Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen have met twice in the German Cup — the last in 2017. Leverkusen ran out 4-1 winners after the match was tied by Dennis Daube after half-time. In 2003, Leverkusen won 5-0 at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei in the second round of the competition. So far this season, the Werkself have taken six points from six against Union Berlin and in two different circumstances. Urs Fischer described his performance as "not good" at the BayArena in the 0-2 loss, but praised his side for an "excellent" performance in the narrow 2-3 defeat where Karim Bellarabi netted in stoppage time to win the game.

Personnel: 23-man squad to Leverkusen and Freiburg

Without revealing his cards, the Union coach explained that he would make "one or two changes" to his starting XI for the game in Leverkusen. "There will be fresh players in for sure," added the Swiss boss. 

Service: Strong backing

More than 2,000 Union supporters will make the trip to Leverkusen.

Fischer’s team will leave for Freiburg on Thursday, training in the south-west of Germany, before the match on Saturday and return to the capital.

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