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Borussia Mönchengladbach vs 1. FC Union Berlin

Bundesliga, 2. Matchday

M'gladbach vs 1. FC Union

Bundesliga, 2. Matchday

Sat., 26. September 2020, 15:30 Uhr
BORUSSIA-PARK
1 : 1
10.383
SR: Tobias Stieler

Schlotterbeck with another late equaliser

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin picked up their first point of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season following a 1-1 draw away from home at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

A fortnight after a dramatic winner in the DFB Pokal, Nico Schlotterbeck was once more the hero, heading in the decisive goal from Marcus Ingvartsen's corner after 80 minutes.

After a good spell of pressure, Borussia Mönchengladbach took the lead through Marcus Thuram.

Borussia Mönchengladbach: Sommer; Kramer, Elvedi, Ginter; Bensebiani, Hofmann, Lainer, Neuhaus (Herrmann 85); Thuram (Wendt 70) Plea (Wolf 75), Stindl

1. FC Union Berlin: Luthe; Knoche, Friedrich, Schlotterbeck; Trimmel (Ryerson 73), Lenz, Prömel (Griesbeck 88), Andrich; Bülter (Teuchert 73), Becker (Kruse 70), Awoniyi (Ingvartsen 70)

Urs Fischer made two changes from last week's home defeat to Augsburg with Nico Schlotterbeck coming in and a debut given to striker Taiwo Awoniyi. Max Kruse started on the bench after his league debut last week as he visited his former club at Borussia-Park on Saturday. In line with the local health measures, 10,000 were permitted to attend the game – however there was a noticeable absence in the away section with no travelling supporters making the journey. Union Berlin settled reasonably quickly into the contest and started to make use of their threat on the counterattack. Particularly effective at hitting space in behind the Gladbach full-backs was Sheraldo Becker, the Dutch winger being at the heart of everything positive for the Köpenick club. After 15 minutes, his cross created a chance for Awoniyi – albeit with the assistance of a deflection – which gave the on-loan Liverpool striker his first shot at goal in Union colours. Becker's pace and running forced Ramy Bensebiani into uncomfortable situations and referee Tobias Stieler handed the young Algerian a yellow card after just 11 minutes. While Union enjoyed their spells of attacking play, Marco Rose's Borussia Mönchengladbach carried a razor sharp threat at the other end. Alassane Plea and Thuram exploded on to the Bundesliga stage last season and the pair double figures as the Foals secured a place in this season's UEFA Champions League. On 17 minutes, Plea shot past Robin Knoche and forced Andreas Luthe into his first excellent save of the game. The end-to-end, frantic nature of the attacking play on each side was fertile breeding ground for the quickest players on the park. In a series of counter-attacking moves from Union, Becker shot wide after 20 minutes, hit into the side-netting in the 27th minute and then smashed one against the crossbar after 31 minutes. From that effort, neither Grischa Prömel nor Awoniyi could turn the ball home in what would prove to be Union's best opportunity of the first half. The experienced Luthe had to be alert with seven minutes left until the break, reacting quickly to push clear a header from Plea.

The first 45 minutes, especially after last week's disappointing scoreline, gave Fischer's men increased confidence into the second half. However, Union were struck a blow when Mönchengladbach turned a period of decent football into a goal – Marcus Thuram rising to convert the corner taken by Jonas Hofmann. A pre-planned substitution came into action with Ingvartsen and Kruse taking the place of Becker and Awoniyi. Julian Ryerson and Cedric Teuchert soon followed as Union saw a lot more possession between the lines and in front of Gladbach's defence. The technical play between Ingvartsen, Kruse and Teuchert brought Union regularly higher up field and allowed Fischer's men to eventually fight back. Ingvartsen stepped up to take the corner on 80 minutes and Schlotterbeck's looping header beat the combined efforts of Yann Sommer and Lars Stindl on the line. One point could have become three as Kruse played in Teuchert, but the ball came to the weaker foot of the former Schalke and Nürnberg attacker who failed to test Sommer. Then, with three minutes left, Bensebiani was inches away from capping off a miserable afternoon by turning a cross into his own net. A winning goal evaded Union in the end, but the Köpenick club will gladly take a well-earned point back to the capital city.

1. FC Union Berlin's next Bundesliga game is on Friday October 2 when Mainz come to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. 

 

Union make trip to Mönchengladbach

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin are preparing for their first away game of the new season — this Saturday will see the Köpenick club head to Borussia Mönchengladbach for a 15:30 kick off.

Review

1. FC Union Berlin kicked off the club's second season in Germany's top division with a disappointing home defeat to Augsburg. A crowd of 5,000 was permitted to visit the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, but Urs Fischer's team were unable to secure the first three points of the new campaign. Marius Bülter scored with 15 minutes to go to level the scores after Ruben Vargas put Augsburg into a first-half lead. However, the visitors took advantage of some sloppy defending, putting the game beyond doubt with late goals from Michael Gregoritsch and Andre Hahn.

Meanwhile, Borussia Mönchengladbach lost 0-3 on the opening weekend at Borussia Dortmund, with the goals coming from Gio Reyna and twice from Erling Haaland.

Opposition

Marco Rose's first season in Germany was a success with his Borussia Mönchengladbach team finishing in fourth and securing a place in the UEFA Champions League. The Foals did so in style and finished just four points off second-placed Borussia Dortmund. The squad remains in tact from last season with just Fabian Johnson, Raffael and Tobias Strobl departing. Gladbach have added extra quality in the wide areas with Hannes Wolf and Valentino Lazaro signing from RB Leipzig and Inter Milan respectively. Gladbach have held on to star performers Denis Zakaria, Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram who will be stiff competition for Union this coming weekend.

Personnel

Union's two currently injured players are Christian Gentner and Anthony Ujah. Fischer gave a thorough overview of the squad's condition at the press conference on Thursday. "All of our other players have trained, some of them have been managed," said the Swiss coach. Keita Endo trained with the squad throughout the week — as have Max Kruse and new signing Taiwo Awoniyi, who completed his switch on loan from Liverpool in the hours after the Augsburg match.

Service

Saturday's match in Mönchengladbach will be played in front of around 10,000 home fans at Borussia-Park in accordance with the regulations in the region.

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MatchStatistics

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs 1. FC Union Berlin

62 % Possession 38 %
84 % Pass Completion Rate 74 %
57 % Successful Tackle Rate 43 %
14 Shots on Goal 14
12 Crosses 15
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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