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FC Augsburg vs 1. FC Union Berlin

Bundesliga - 2. Matchday

Augsburg vs 1. FC Union

Bundesliga - 2. Matchday

Sat., 24. August 2019, 15:30 Uhr
WWK ARENA
1 : 1
27.703
SR: Robert Schröder

Union Berlin leave Augsburg with deserved point

Match report

Union Berlin's ten men fought back from a goal behind against FC Augsburg to secure the club's first point in the Bundesliga.

Sebastian Andersson tucked home the equaliser with 10 minutes left after Ruben Vargas had given Augsburg the lead before the hour mark. Keven Schlotterbeck was shown a red card with six minutes to go, but the Köpenick side battled on to get off the mark in their maiden Bundesliga season.

FC Augsburg: Koubek; Max, Jedvaj, Lichtsteiner, Khedira; Baier, Gruezo (Oxford 73), Vargas (Richter 65); Hahn, Gregoritsch, Niederlechner (Finnbogason 87)

1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Trimmel, Subotic, Schlotterbeck (Sent off 84), Lenz; Prömel, Andrich, Ingvartsen (Andersson 71); Becker (Abdullahi 67), Ujah (Polter 71), Bülter

Union Berlin came into the first away clash of the season with four changes. Christian Gentner dropped out through a late injury in training, while Andersson took his place on the bench. Urs Fischer put trust in Marcus Ingvartsen, Anthony Ujah, Sheraldo Becker and Neven Subotic, who made his debut for the club. Martin Schmidt’s team had three changes from last Saturday’s heavy loss at Borussia Dortmund — Philipp Max returned, while Stephan Lichtsteiner and Tin Jedvaj made their debuts. Given the results of the teams on the opening weekend, the rather cautious start to proceedings came as little surprise. A plus for Urs Fischer was the organisation of his team against the ball, a lot more like last season’s consistent performances in the 2.Bundesliga than last Sunday. Union Berlin’s first shot on goal arrived after 26 minutes when Ujah picked up the ball wide of the box, but despite the tight angle, the Nigerian lashed one off target. Particularly pleasing for the Köpenick side was the manner in which the team grew into the first half. The final quarter of an hour belonged to the promoted side with the home defence forced to answer some questions. Marius Bülter shot over the bar on 35 minutes before Ingvartsen’s strike was deflected after 40. A goalscorer against Germania Halberstadt in the German Cup, Keven Schlotterbeck forced a save from Koubek with a header before Robert Andrich’s half volley struck new signing Jedvaj a few metres from the goal at the whistle.

Both teams returned from the break with a purpose to win the game. With more risks, came more mistakes and openings. Becker and Ujah should have done better two minutes into the half but Jedvaj showed his quality again with a good interception. However, the opening goal was converted by Augsburg after 59 minutes when Florian Niederlechner turned his marker and crossed for Vargas who finished past Rafal Gikiewicz. Fischer and Union responded with positive and attacking substitutions: Suleiman Abdullahi, Sebastian Polter and Andersson were given the nod before the last 20 minutes. Although Niederlechner should have killed off the contest, Union dipped into their energy levels and showed a real sense of determination to pick up the first points of the campaign. Christopher Lenz hit the post on 78 minutes and it wasn't long after until the equaliser. On 80 minutes, Polter picked up the ball from a loose pass, held his nerve in front of goal and laid it to Andersson who slotted into the bottom corner with composure. As Union pushed more in the direction of Koubek's goal, there was a minor setback as Schlotterbeck was shown his marching orders by referee Robert Schröder. Nevertheless, Union kept control of the final stages and held on for a well-deserved point on the road.

1. FC Union Berlin are back at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei next Saturday, with Borussia Dortmund heading to the capital for the late kick-off at 18:30. Tickets are sold out. 

Union Berlin prepare for first away test in Augsburg

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin take to the Autobahn this weekend for the first time as a Bundesliga club, with Urs Fischer’s team facing FC Augsburg at the WWK Arena on Saturday at 15:30.

Recap: Heavy starts for Union & Augsburg

Last Sunday was a momentous day in the history of 1. FC Union Berlin. Despite the 0-4 loss to RB Leipzig, the Köpenick club raised the curtain on their debut Bundesliga season, the 56th club to compete at the highest level in German football and the fifth from Berlin. Julian Nagelsmann’s team ran out dominant winners, but Fischer’s side showed enough glimpses to be convinced of future success in the Bundesliga.

Similarly, Martin Schmidt’s side have taken a couple of heavy blows already this season. In the DFB Pokal, the Bavarians went down 2-1 to fourth-tier SC Verl and followed that up with a 5-1 defeat at the home of Borussia Dortmund. Florian Niederlechner scored inside the first 20 seconds, but Schmidt’s men were convincingly beaten at the Westfalenstadion. Augsburg, 15th placed finishers last season, have made moves in the transfer market this week with the additions of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Tin Jedvaj, who signs from Leverkusen on loan.

Record: First clash in Bundesliga

There have been four competitive matches between FC Augsburg and 1. FC Union Berlin — three draws and one victory in Augsburg’s favour. In both visits to Augsburg, the Köpenick club have taken the lead but in October 2010, we suffered a 1-2 defeat in injury time. Vice-captain Marvin Friedrich transferred from Augsburg to Berlin in January 2018 on loan and completed his move this summer. Meanwhile, Manuel Schmiedebach has featured five times against Augsburg in the Bundesliga and has not experienced defeat.

Fischer: “It was a slap in the face”

The home loss on the opening weekend has a positive side also, according to Fischer. “You have to learn from these kinds of games as quickly as possible to make things better for the next one. I think the topic of adaptation will be with us for a while — it won’t be the last time that we have to learn from a new situation.”

On the injury front, Fischer confirmed Florian Hübner and Maurice Opfermann Arcones were unavailable for the Augsburg trip. Christian Gentner took a knock in training on Thursday, but the coach expects the midfielder to be in contention after the final session on Friday. Lennard Maloney was injured during Tuesday’s Baltic Sea Cup affair with FC Nordsjaelland, but the defender has since recovered to take part in the final few days of training.

Service: Almost an away sell out

Union Berlin will almost certainly complete their contingent for the match in Augsburg. More than 2,500 tickets have been sold already, with just a few seats remaining for purchase. Tickets will be on sale on Saturday afternoon at the stadium, subject to availability.

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MatchStatistics

FC Augsburg vs 1. FC Union Berlin

54 % Possession 46 %
70 % Pass Completion Rate 68 %
49 % Successful Tackle Rate 51 %
12 Shots on Goal 11
16 Crosses 14
3 Caught Offside 2
3 Yellow Cards 1
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 1

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