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Eintracht Frankfurt vs 1. FC Union Berlin

Bundesliga, 26. Matchday

Frankfurt vs 1. FC Union

Bundesliga, 26. Matchday

Sat., 20. March 2021, 15:30 Uhr
Deutsche Bank Park
5 : 2
SR: Markus Schmidt

Union go down 5-2 at Frankfurt

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin were beaten 5-2 at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt at the Deutsche Bank Park.

Max Kruse equalised for Urs Fischer's men in the seventh minute following an opener inside two minutes from Andre Silva. Despite Kruse adding a second on the stroke of half-time, Adi Hütter's top-four-chasing team scored three goals in five minutes after the half-hour mark to all-but secure the three points. Substitute Timothy Chandler put the icing on the cake for the home side in the first minute of stoppage time.

Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp; Ilsanker, Hasebe, Ndicka; Barkok (Ache 78), Sow, Rode, Kostic; Kamada, Silva (Chandler 77), Jovic (Zuber 77)

Union Berlin: Luthe; Ryerson (Bülter 83), Schlotterbeck, Knoche, Friedrich, Trimmel; Prömel (Griesbeck 71), Andrich; Ingvartsen (Endo 61), Pohjanpalo (Teuchert 61), Kruse

Marcus Ingvartsen returned to the starting eleven in place of Keita Endo, but Urs Fischer was forced into a pre-match switch after Petar Musa picked up an injury in the warm-up. Finnish striker Joel Pohjanpalo took Musa’s spot at the front with Akaki Gogia joining the bench as a substitute to fill up the match squad. The pattern for the rest of the first-half was set in stone before 120 seconds has been played at the Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt. Christopher Trimmel’s corner kick was headed on target by Robin Knoche as Union passed up the first good opportunity of the game. But within seconds, Frankfurt powered up the other end and Andre Silva tapped home Filip Kostic’s cross from the left. Union kept their heads up after the early setback and forced the equaliser five minutes later. There was a coming together between Makoto Hasebe and Julian Ryerson, the Norwegian coming out on top and setting up Kruse who sweeped the ball home from the edge of the box. Union saw a lot of joy in creating good opportunities from set-play moments as Adi Hütter’s team struggled to cope with the organisation and presence of the visitors. On 20 minutes, Sow booted the ball off the line after Marvin Friedrich’s flick-on was fired beyond Kevin Trapp by Pohjanpalo. The next goalscoring opportunity came from Max Kruse’s deep free-kick, the ball delicately chipped into the penalty box but Nico Schlotterbeck could only head wide of Trapp’s post. Three goals in six minutes followed for Eintracht Frankfurt as everything the home side touched in that period seemed to turn into a goal. Robert Andrich’s wayward back pass beat his own goalkeeper on 35 minutes before a rare counter-attack against Urs Fischer’s side resulted in Kostic finishing off into an empty net. On 41 minutes, neat football from Frankfurt led to the fourth as Andre Silva’s shot-on-the-turn beat Luthe to give the home side a three-goal advantage. Those arrears were chopped by one as Union ended the half with a goal – Marvin Friedrich charging down the right wing and picking out Kruse who headed over Trapp into the net.

After both teams had time to refresh and take a deep breath after the first 45 minutes, 1. FC Union Berlin returned with their heads up and in good shape. The home side looked dangerous in attack - unsurprisingly the third-highest scorers in fourth position - but Union were more than a match. Fischer's side worked the ball well into good areas but that final touch or finish was lacking in the end. Pohjanpalo's afternoon was ready to come a close and the number 9 was unfortunate not to beat Trapp with a well-drilled effort after good creative play from Kruse. Cedric Teuchert, Keita Endo and Sebastian Griesbeck added energy and legs in what was a physically intense match as both teams went from each box at rapid speed. Endo put himself about on the left and was unlucky with a handful of situations not to get on the end of crosses or balls in from the right-hand side. Union should have given themselves a hand back in the contest with three minutes to go but Andrich's strike bounced off the crossbar. The margins on the day fell the way of Eintracht Frankfurt who took advantage of another slack defensive mistake, uncharacteristic of Union's season to date, and Timothy Chandler make it 5-2 to close off the scoring.

1. FC Union Berlin will go into the international break with the opportunity to get some much-needed time to rest and build for the Bundesliga run-in. There is a bounce game at home to Eintracht Braunschweig on March 25 before Union host city rivals Hertha on April 4 in the second Bundesliga derby at the Alte Försterei between the teams.

Union take on contender for top-four position

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin will face one of their toughest challenges of the Bundesliga season when they head to fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon.

Review

1. FC Union Berlin battled from behind to earn three points in a 2-1 win over 1. FC Köln at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei last Saturday. The match was also significant for the club off-the-field as the trial of antigen rapid tests took place for those who are part of the Bundesliga's special match operations work force. With Keita Endo and Petar Musa combining early on to create several good opportunities, it looked like the Köpenick club would be the first to find the breakthrough. However, Robin Knoche's foul conceded a penalty kick on the stroke of the interval and Ondrej Duda put Markus Gisdol's team ahead. All of Union's best characteristics came to the fore in the second half with determination and mental strength pushing Cologne immediately on to the back-foot. Julian Ryerson won a penalty kick after two minutes and Max Kruse converted from the spot to level the scores. From there, there was one team in control and after 67 minutes, Christopher Trimmel rifled home the decisive goal from around 7 yards out. The captain wheeled away in celebration as he celebrated his first Bundesliga goal for the club and his first league strike since 2017.

Opposition

Adi Hütter's Eintracht Frankfurt are showing all the signs of a UEFA Champions League challenger for next season. The Eagles are fourth in the table, four points behind Wolfsburg in third and with a two-point gap to closest rivals Borussia Dortmund. Potential changes in sporting management haven't derailed Frankfurt's performances on the park with a victory over league-leaders Bayern Munich in February and a point at home to Leipzig last time out. But Hütter's side are three games without a win, so Saturday's visit of 1. FC Union Berlin is a crucial opportunity to get back to winning ways and continue their push to finish in the top four this season.

Personnel

The positive news for Urs Fischer's preparations is that Robert Andrich and Grischa Prömel have shrugged off questions of fitness problems by taking part in team training this week. However, Union will make the trip west without the services of Anthony Ujah, Sheraldo Becker, Niko Gießelmann, Christopher Lenz and Taiwo Awoniyi. Lenz is making progress in his recovery, but Saturday's game is early for the left-back's return. Meanwhile, Fischer gave an update on Becker's situation: "There was a setback with the operation, but we are confident Becker can play again before the end of the season."

Service

Saturday's 15:30 kick-off at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt will take place behind closed doors.

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MatchStatistics

Eintracht Frankfurt vs 1. FC Union Berlin

54 % Possession 46 %
84 % Pass Completion Rate 79 %
48 % Successful Tackle Rate 52 %
9 Shots on Goal 25
11 Crosses 24
2 Caught Offside 2
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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