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FC Blau-Weiß Linz vs 1. FC Union Berlin

Friendly - 3. Matchday

FC Blau-Weiß Linz vs 1. FC Union

Friendly - 3. Matchday

Sat., 13. July 2019, 15:00 Uhr
Linzer Stadion (side field)
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Union Berlin defeat Blau-Weiss Linz 3-0

Match report

Less than 24 hours after a win over SV Ried, 1. FC Union Berlin continued preparations in Austria with a 3-0 win over Blau-Weiss Linz.

Julius Kade fired in the opener in the second half following a competitive first 45 minutes against the second division club. Michael Parensen's scrappy finish put the game beyond doubt before Marcel Hartel finished off from close range with a clever knock over the goalkeeper. 

Blau-Weiss Linz Starting XI: Helac; Grasegger, Kreuzriegler, Nosa, Michael, Gemicibasi, Pomer, Tursch, Fröschl, Surdanovic, Filip – Subs Used: Schmid, Dombaxi, Mitrovic, Kostic, Ablinger, Dzinic, Mehmeti

1. FC Union Berlin: Nicolas; Trimmel, Rapp, Parensen, Lenz (Arcones 78); Schmiedebach, Gentner (Andrich 45), Kade (Dehl 60); Bülter (Flecker 45), Hartel, Polter

Those who were not included in action against Ried yesterday featured from the start in Linz. Christian Gentner started in the middle of the park for the first time following his summer arrival. After a slow start to the match, the Austrians found an extra gear and made the first-half a worthwhile test for Urs Fischer's team. Goran Djuricin's side pressed the game with intensity and created some nervy moments for the Berliners. But the cutting edge lied at the other end of the pitch with Union bringing out a fine performance from Ammar Helac, the goalkeeper of Blau-Weiss Linz. He stopped Sebastian Polter on 20 minutes with good reflex save, but did rely on Thomas Fröschl to keep out an effort from Union striker with his hand. Gentner's first-half showing ended in a decent chance for the experienced midfielder, his shot cleared off the line by Turgay Gemicibasi two minutes before the turnaround.

Union returned to the second half with two changes: Robert Andrich and Florian Flecker replacing Gentner and Marius Bülter respectively. It took Union nine minutes to open the scoring, with Kade remaining composed on the edge of the box to curl home a neat finish after a great transition led by Christopher Lenz on the left-hand side. Two minutes later, another impressive block from Helac denied Polter from doubling the lead. That resilience was intact only until the 64th minute when chaos ensued in the Linz box, the ball dropping to Parensen whose audacious backheel ricocheted underneath the keeper. Laurenz Dehl set up Hartel for the third, the attacking-midfielder confidently chipping the substitute keeper Nicolas Schmid and maintaining a solid pre-season record for the promoted club from Köpenick.

Union Berlin's final warm-up game takes place on July 17 at 19:00 against First Vienna, Austria's oldest football club, who are celebrating their 125th anniversary.

Urs Fischer's team meet Ried and Linz in Austria

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin will swap training for action in the Austrian training camp with matches against second division sides SV Ried and Blau-Weiß Linz to come.

Urs Fischer's team meet Ried on Friday July 12 at 18:00 in Windischgarsten before meeting Blau-Weiß Linz at 15:00 the following day at the Linz Stadium.

Review: Strong performance to beat Brondby

With a 2-1 win over Brondby at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, 1. FC Union Berlin kicked off the season in great fashion. Sebastian Polter and Joshua Mees scored the goals to cap off a convincing performance with several of Fischer's new players getting time on the pitch. 

Tickets available on site

Supporters who wish to follow the team in Austria can purchase tickets at the stadium on the respective days. 

All games will be streamed live on AFTV, the club's official channel.

Related information:

1. FC Union Berlin's friendly away to FC Erzgebirge Aue on Saturday July 20 has been re-scheduled to a new kick-off time. The match will start half an hour later at 16:00 and will be live on RBB, Berlin and Brandenburg's local free-to-air station.

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