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FC Ingolstadt 04 vs 1. FC Union Berlin

German 2. Bundesliga, 1. Matchday

Ingolstadt vs 1. FC Union

German 2. Bundesliga, 1. Matchday

Sat., 29. July 2017, 13:00 Uhr
Audi Sportpark
0 : 1
10.870
SR: Sascha Stegemann

Perfect start! Union claim away win at Ingolstadt

Match report

Union Berlin kicked off the 2017-18 season with a 1-0 win over relegated Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt at the Audi-Sportpark.

Rampant right-back Christopher Trimmel scored a superb goal after 59 minutes to secure three points for Jens Keller’s side in front of 10,870 fans. Even though, Stephan Fürstner had shrugged off injury problems to be fit in time for the season opener, he was kept on the bench. New signing Akaki Gogia was still low on fitness and was left out of the matchday squad.

Maik Walpurgis’ Ingolstadt put Union under early pressure, with a high-pressing tactic aimed to force errors in the away side’s backline. But the Berliners defended with confidence against the dangerous duo of Stefan Kutschke and Dario Lezcano. Referee Sascha Stegemann was kept busy during the first league game of the season and had to blow a number of times for mistimed challenges. Felix Kroos’ strike towards the end of the first half was close, but the opening 45 minutes of the league season for Union ended without a goal.

Union came out of the block strongest after the interval and were able to turn their superiority into a goal just before the hour mark. Polter’s quick thinking at a throw in on the left-hand side opened up a shooting situation for Trimmel around the edge of the box. The Austrian made no mistake, sending the shot past the outstretched arms of Ingolstadt keeper Martin Hansen.

With the advantage behind them, Union dominated possession and remained in control of the tempo of the game. Damir Kreilach was agonisingly close to a second goal with about a quarter of the game left. Unsurprisingly, Ingolstadt threw caution to the wind on home soil with the backing of their supporters, but the Union defence stood firm to take all three points back to Berlin.

“We couldn’t get into the game in the first 20 minutes,” said Keller. “We had little bravery and lost the ball too easily. However, after that, it was better. We had some good situations and the match was even. It was also quite balanced in the second half, but we had a bit of luck. After taking the lead, we did not concede much and worked well against the ball. With the ball, though, we still have room for improvement.”

Union returns to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei this coming Friday (18:30 Berlin) for the first home clash of the season against Holstein Kiel.

Union Berlin prepare for new campaign against Bundesliga drop outs

Match preview

League football is back! 1.FC Union Berlin will begin its ninth second-league campaign at FC Ingolstadt’s Audi Sportpark on Saturday July 29 at 13:00.

The Köpenick club can look fondly back on the previous campaign, earning 60 points and finishing in fourth place. Jens Keller’s side went toe-to-toe with Stuttgart, Hannover and Eintracht Braunschweig, but missed out on their first-ever promotion to the Bundesliga towards the last few weeks of the campaign.

“Last year was a great season for us. The team has shown what quality it has and what it’s capable of achieving. We have prepared well in pre-season and are happy that we can get going,” said Keller, who watched his side win every pre-season game over the summer, including victories over Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City.

Union will face one of the Bundesliga’s relegated sides from last term, FC Ingolstadt. Coach Maik Walpurgis and his side can perhaps feel unfortunate to finish 17th in the top flight given their performances. Ingolstadt are regarded as one of the favourites to make an immediate return, adding Stefan Kutschke from Dynamo Dresden and Sonny Kittel from Eintracht Frankfurt.

“Ingolstadt has incredible experience. They’re probably the strongest defensive team in the league,” praised Keller. The Berliners, meanwhile, added Akaki Gogia from Dresden, Marcel Hartel from 1.FC Köln and Grischa Prömel from Karlsruhe. Keller is happy with his squad and believes his side can build on last year’s strengths. “We have let go some important players but also boosted the squad by other quality options.”

“It’s no problem to start the season against Ingolstadt. It’s basically the case that both a clubs work together,” added the Union boss. Tickets will be available at the box office at the Stadion An der Alten Försteei or the Union-Zeughaus van in the guest area at FC Ingolstadt.

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FC Ingolstadt 04 vs 1. FC Union Berlin

45 % Possession 55 %
62 % Pass Completion Rate 71 %
48 % Successful Tackle Rate 52 %
12 Shots on Goal 13
23 Crosses 5
0 Yellow Cards 6
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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