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Feyenoord vs 1. FC Union Berlin

UEFA Conference League, 3. Group match

Feyenoord vs 1. FC Union

UEFA Conference League, 3. Group match

Thu., 21. October 2021, 18:45 Uhr
De Kuip
3 : 1
36.100
SR: Giorgi Kruashvili

Union go down in Rotterdam clash

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin suffered defeat in the UEFA Europa Conference League, losing 3-1 at Group E rivals Feyenoord.

Taiwo Awoniyi scored his fifth goal in his last four competitive games to pull one back on 35 minutes following first-half goals from Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Bryan Linssen. Despite a strong second half display at De Kuip from Union, Luis Sinisterra made it 3-1 on 77 minutes to keep the points in Rotterdam. The game was overshadowed by serious issues before and during the match with Union fans kept outside while the match was ongoing.

"There was a catastropic situation outside the ground before the match," said Christian Arbeit, Managing Director for Communications at 1. FC Union Berlin. "Hundreds of Union fans didn't get into the stadium. That is not acceptable. We will meet with Feyenoord and UEFA to assess the situation and address these issues."

Feyenoord: Biljow; Pedersen, Trauner, Geertruida, Malacia; Toornstra, Kökcü (Aursnes 81), Till; Jahanbakhsh (Nelson 81), Sinisterra, Linssen (Dessers 81)

1. FC Union Berlin: Luthe; Trimmel, Jaeckel, Knoche, Baumgartl, Puchacz; Khedira, Prömel, Möhwald (Voglsammer 77); Kruse (Becker 66), Awoniyi (Behrens 66)

1. FC Union Berlin followed up from their 2-0 win at home to Wolfsburg with four changes for the trip to the Netherlands. Urs Fischer was forced to make a change at the back after Marvin Friedrich returned a positive coronavirus test on Tuesday. Timo Baumgartl, who previously played in the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, returned to the side following his two-week absence due to the concussion he sustained in action against Arminia Bielefeld. Christopher Trimmel took claim to the captain's armband again as he replaced Julian Ryerson. Meanwhile, Tymoteusz Puchacz continued his run of game time in European football, coming in for Julian Ryerson. Kevin Möhwald started in place of Genki Haraguchi in midfield for Union. Referee Giorgi Kruashvili turned down an early shout for a penalty kick as Taiwo Awoniyi was bundled over by Gernot Trauner in front of goal. A few minutes later, Feyenoord took the lead through Jahanbakhsh who tapped in at the back-post after a touch on from former Freiburg attacker Guus Till. The home side threw everything at Union when they were given the opportuntiy to attack, meaning it was a busier night than normal for our backline. But there were enough flashes of danger in transition from the Bundeslgia side to stay optimistic. Puchacz almost picked out Möhwald on 22 minutes but the pass was slightly over hit. Instead, the home fans were able to celebrate a second goal - a long ball gave Bryan Linssen the opportuntiy to go in on goal and he made no mistake after 29 minutes. The next five-to-ten minutes demonstrated the Union spirit under pressure and Fischer's side got one back after 35 minutes. Trimmel returned a cleared corner kick and Awoniyi beat three home defenders to the ball and headed home. Feyenoord may have felt they could have had a third before the interval but after three attempts inside the box, a combination of Andreas Luthe, Baumgartl and Robin Knoche kept the Dutch side at bay. Before the referee ended the first 45, Grischa Prömel almost created an opportunity for himself to score but the midfielder was nudged off the ball at the crucial time.

A set-piece pushed Union closer to the second goal with Trimmel launching one in from deep on 58 minutes. The delivery was sent goalwards by Prömel but the goalkeeper let the ball drop wide of the right-hand post. Fischer went to the bench on 66 minutes as Union continued to battle for control. Kevin Behrens and Sheraldo Becker, who combined to equalise in Prague, were introduced in place of Awoniyi and Max Kruse. Till blazed over with 19 minutes to go after a neat cut back to the edge of the box. Becker had something to show following his time in the Eredivisie and the Dutchman forced a save out of Justin Biljow. His first touch was well-defended by the home side but his second effort was on target and could have resulted in the equaliser. On 77 minutes, Feyenoord put home a third. Bryan Linssen's shot was parried clear by Andreas Luthe from close range but Sinisterra touched home from about two or three yards out. Union switched immediately after the ball went in the net with Andreas Voglsammer introduced in for Kevin Möhwald. Paul Jaeckel cleared off the line incredibly in stoppage time, while Andreas Luthe made another important save to keep the deficit at two at the final whistle.

Union take on Feyenoord in the De Kuip

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin will make the trip to Rotterdam on Thursday night as Urs Fischer's side look to progress further on Matchday 3 of the UEFA Europa Conference League group stages.

Review — The last matches

After a win at home to Maccabi Haifa, 1. FC Union Berlin go to Feyenoord, looking to keep up the positive results in Group E. Goals from Andreas Voglsammer, Kevin Behrens and Taiwo Awoniyi secured the Matchday 2 win over the Israeli champions to keep Union in the fight with Slavia Prague and the Dutch side to qualify beyond the group phase. 

In the Bundesliga, Union continued to march up the table with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg. Mark van Bommel's side enjoyed strong periods in the game at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, but it was Union who showed the clinical edge in the final third. Taiwo Awoniyi was played through by Genki Haraguchi in the third minute of the second half and the Nigerian fired in his sixth league goal of the campaign from close range. Urs Fischer's side continued to take the game to the Wolves who are competing in this season's UEFA Champions League. Substitute Sheraldo Becker made the game safe with six minutes to go, heading in from Andreas Voglsammer's cross.

Feyenoord — Opposition Report

In Feyenoord, Union will face one of the most recognisable names in European club football. The Dutch side have tasted European glory, winning the European Cup in 1970 and the UEFA Cup in 1974 and on home soil in Rotterdam in 2002. With 15 Dutch league titles, Feyenoord are a powerhouse of Dutch domestic football. Despite a 2-2 draw at home to Waawijk and defeat at Vitesse, Feyenoord have made a decent start to the Eredivisie. Arne Slot's side are in fifth but just six points off Ajax at the top of the league and five off second-placed PSV Eindhoven. In the summer, Feyenoord added well to the squad as they look to push further on in European competitions – some notable moves were Alireza Jahanbakhsh signing from Brighton, while Gernot Trauner joined from Austrian club LASK Linz and Guus Till came on loan from Spartak after a spell in Germany with SC Freiburg.

Feyenoord — The coach's view

"The stadium here has an excellent atmosphere," said Urs Fischer at the pre-match press conference in Rotterdam. "You need to be prepared for that, but I think we can also enjoy it. Feyenoord have started well, doing not bad in the league championship and in the group and are a very well-organised team. They are a really compact team and have a good mixture of combination play and long balls. Their biggest strength is their ability to win the ball back, then they do well in transitions and score a lot of goals from these moments. We need to have that in our mind and have an answer to it."

Meanwhile, Feyenoord head coach Slot said of Union: "The opposition always have their worst game when they play against Union. They always make it difficult for the opponent to create many chances."

Personnel

1. FC Union Berlin will be without Marvin Friedrich for the third match of Group E following the return of a positive coronavirus test yesterday. The defender went straight into quarantine after consultation with the medical staff and local health authorities. 

Service

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Tickets for the away section at the De Kuip are sold out.

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MatchStatistics

Feyenoord vs 1. FC Union Berlin

54 % Possession 46 %
81 % Pass Completion Rate 74 %
53 % Successful Tackle Rate 47 %
21 Shots on Goal 7
11 Crosses 13
1 Caught Offside 1
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0