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Borussia Dortmund vs 1. FC Union Berlin

Bundesliga, 5. Matchday

Dortmund vs 1. FC Union

Bundesliga, 5. Matchday

Sun., 19. September 2021, 17:30 Uhr
4 : 2
SR: Sven Jablonski

Union lose away at Borussia Dortmund

Match report

Despite goals from Max Kruse and Andreas Voglsammer in the second half, 1. FC Union Berlin suffered a first defeat of the Bundesliga season at Borussia Dortmund.

First-half goals from Raphael Guerreiro and Erling Haaland put Marco Rose's side in a dominant position going into the break. But Union dug deep and turned in a fantastic display after the break to push Dortmund to the very end of the 90.

Marvin Friedrich put one in his own net before Kruse scored from the penalty spot on 57 minutes. Substitute Voglsammer headed in at a corner kick with nine minutes to play as Union pushed for an equaliser. That spirit was squashed shortly after as Haaland put home his second of the game to kill off the contest and leave the three points with Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund: Kobel, Guerreiro, Akanji, Hummels (Pongracic 89), Meunier, Dahoud, Witsel, Bellingham, Reus (Moukoko 89), Malen (Wolf 73), Haaland

1. FC Union Berlin: Luthe; Ryerson, Gießelmann, Friedrich, Knoche, Baumgartl (Endo 77); Khedira (Haraguchi 72), Öztunali (Teuchert 55), Prömel; Awoniyi (Behrens 55), Kruse (Voglsammer 77)

After the exploits on Thursday night in Prague, 1. FC Union Berlin returned to Bundesliga action with a trip to high-scoring Borussia Dortmund. Urs Fischer's side featured a first league start for Grischa Prömel after injury, while both Niko Gießelmann and Timo Baumgartl returned to Union's back-five. It may have been expected that Union would have started slowly due to the 90 minutes in the Czech Republic, but that was far from reality. Fischer's side started excellently and looked to have a real grasp of the match. Inside 40 seconds, Taiwo Awoniyi rattled the ball past Gregor Kobel but the assistant referee correctly flagged for offside against the Union striker. Despite a controlled start from the away team, Borussia Dortmund broke through in the 10th minute. Some nice combination play between the home side created space for Raphael Guerreiro far on the left side. Guerreiro powered in a sensational strike to fire Dortmund into the lead. Marco Rose's men were in control at this point and Union needed some luck and possession to get out a difficult situation. On 23 minutes, Erling Haaland was given space to head in his side's second goal with yards around him inside the penalty box. Borussia Dortmund worked the ball a lot around the Union penalty box without putting goalkeeper Andreas Luthe under further pressure. Awoniyi was given a good view at goal on 38 minutes after combining with Gießelmann and Kruse, but the Nigerian fired well wide. As Dortmund dropped deeper to see out the half, Marvin Friedrich stepped into space in midfield but shot directly at Kobel as the first 45 ended with a home advantage.

Borussia Dortmund scored their third of the day on 51 minutes when Jude Bellingham set up captain Marco Reus who drew the ball across the box, but agonisingly deflected off Friedrich and went into the Union net. Three goals down and off the back of Thursday's draining travels, Union badly needed some luck and inspiration. Coach Urs Fischer turned to the bench for the introduction of Kevin Behrens and Cedric Teuchert. Behrens, who scored Union's first group stage goal at Slavia Prague, was thrown to the deck by Axel Witsel in the 56th minute. After a short consultation with the monitor, referee Sven Jablonski pointed to the spot. The experienced Kruse sent Gregor Kobel the wrong way and handed Union an important lifeline in the match. The next 30 minutes from the Köpenick club was a reflection of the team spirit and character in the ranks, built up over several years under Fischer and his staff. Genki Haraguchi, Keita Endo and Voglsammer were handed the opportunity to go and take the game by the scruff of the neck. And Voglsammer did exactly that: the Union number nine bulleted in Niko Gießelmann's corner kick in the 81st minute as a comeback looked like a real possibility. The fire was put out by Borussia Dortmund's main marksmen about three minutes later as Haaland showed incredible awareness and precision to lob Andreas Luthe on the counter-attack and put the match beyond any doubt. Despite the first league defeat of the campaign, Union will be back looking for maximum points next Saturday when Arminia Bielefeld make the trip to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Union face away test at Borussia Dortmund

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin will look to bounce back from Thursday's defeat in Prague with a positive result at Borussia Dortmund on Sunday at 17:30.

Review: The last match

Despite Kevin Behrens getting Union's UEFA Europa Conference League group stage record off the mark, Union Berlin came away without points against Slavia Prague. The Czech champions proved strong opposition for Urs Fischer's side, winning 3-1 at the Eden Arena. Alexander Bah put the Czechs ahead after a quarter of an hour with a clean finish from a corner kick. The first half got worse for the Köpenick club as Paul Jaeckel was shown his second booking and dismissed before the 45 minutes were out. Fischer and his players dug out a remarkable response with 10 players for around half an hour as Union dragged themselves back into the game. Sheraldo Becker delivered a teasing cross for Kevin Behrens to score the first goal of the group stage after coming off the bench. The intensity and the numbers eventually caught up despite the 4,000 in attendance at the Eden Arena from Berlin. Jan Kuchta put the hosts ahead on 84 minutes before a sucker punch was added from Ivan Schranz two minutes later to give the Czechs a winning start to the campaign.

Borussia Dortmund: Opposition Report

Borussia Dortmund's group phase in the UEFA Champions League started with a victory, as Marco Rose's side ran out 2-1 winners at Besiktas. Jude Bellingham impressed for the Yellow and Blacks, scoring a goal on 20 minutes and assisting the decisive strike from Erling Haaland in first-half stoppage time. In the Bundesliga, Dortmund are three points off Wolfsburg at the top of the league after four matches with champions Bayern Munich in between. The 2-1 defeat to Freiburg is the only blip until now for Marco Rose who embarks on a new era following his departure from Borussia Mönchengladbach. Dortmund's Bundesliga matches so far have certainly been high scoring, with 19 goals in the other three matches combined – 5-2 at home to Frankfurt, 3-2 versus Hoffenheim and 4-3 against Bayer Leverkusen last week. Norwegian hitman Haaland already has five goals to his name this season in the league in just 4 matches.

Borussia Dortmund: The coach's view

"Borussia Dortmund have individual quality who can win games. Transitions, until now they do it better than others with speed and precision. They are fun to watch. The balance is important. You can't just defend, when you win the ball, you have to be brave and trust yourself. We need to at times soak things up. They will keep the ball and try to break teams down. Important for us to be compact for 90 minutes in order to get the result," said Urs Fischer on the challenge ahead at Signal Iduna Park.


Kevin Möhwald has trained well according to the Union coach, but with more matches to come, the judgement is to remain cautious. Fischer pointed to a clean bill of health elsewhere ahead of the trip to Dortmund.


Union will have more than 500 supporters in attendance from the limited away tickets available.

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Borussia Dortmund vs 1. FC Union Berlin

63 % Possession 37 %
85 % Pass Completion Rate 74 %
48 % Successful Tackle Rate 52 %
13 Shots on Goal 9
8 Crosses 15
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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