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SpVgg Greuther Fürth vs 1. FC Union Berlin

German 2. Bundesliga - 28. Matchday

Fürth vs 1. FC Union

German 2. Bundesliga - 28. Matchday

Sun., 01. April 2018, 13:30 Uhr
Sportpark Ronhof | Thomas Sommer
2 : 1
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SR: Timo Gerach

1. FC Union lose narrowly to Greuther Fürth

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin’s struggles on the road continued following a 2-1 defeat to Greuther Fürth at the Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer.

1. FC Union XI: Busk; Maloney (Hartel 77'), Leistner, Friedrich; Trimmel, Pedersen, Kroos, Daube, Prömel; Hosiner, Hedlund (Redondo 71')

Andre Hofschneider’s men were dealt a number of blows in the lead up to the fixture on Easter Sunday. Joining Sebastian Polter, Michael Parensen and Fabian Schönheim on the injury list were Marc Torrejon and Steven Skrzybski who both suffered muscle strains towards the end of the week. Hofschneider handed a first-team debut to U19 captain Lennard Maloney, who featured in the defeat to Wolfsburg during the international break.

Neither team assumed control of the early proceedings, although the hosts were wiling to take more risks from midfield-to-front against Union's 3-5-2 shape. Greuther Fürth broke the deadlock on 21 minutes when Roberto Hillbert beat Kristian Pedersen to a cross and angled his header into the bottom corner. The loss, for example, of Skrzybski was hard felt with Union quickly running out of ideas in the last-third against a robust Fürth backline. Busk was strong enough to punch away a wicked free kick from Maximilian Wittek towards the end of the first period.

Unchanged for the second half, Union came out with a new-found edge and began asking questions of the Fürth defence. Four minutes after the restart and Christopher Trimmel’s corner kick was headed in by Marvin Friedrich. Union made a number of encouraging moves in the last-third, particularly through Simon Hedlund, but there were no rewards. With 15 minutes left, substitute Fabian Resse’s shot from inside the box took a wild deflection off Grischa Prömel before hitting the net to separate the teams.

"In the first half, both teams neutralised each other in the centre of the pitch. Neither Fürth nor we had any clear chances. A set piece led to the Fürth-lead because we made a mistake in marking the players defensively. In the second half, we upped our game and had many good opportunities to score. It seemed like it was only a matter of time until we’d get the go-ahead goal. Instead, we conceded a goal on a counter attack. It’s always the same in football: If you don’t convert your chances up front, you get scored in the back," summarised Hofschneider at full-time.

Next home match: Duisburg 

Games at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei have been much kinder to Union Berlin this season and on Saturday April 7 (13:00), Hofschneider’s men will host MSV Duisburg. Tickets are still available for the home and away sections at the Union-Zeughaus and online.

Easter Six-pointer: 1.FC Union head to Greuther Fürth

Match preview

1.FC Union Berlin’s focus returns to league action this weekend following the international break as we reach the final stretch of the 2.Bundesliga campaign. On Sunday April 1 (13:30), Andre Hofschneider’s side head south to face Greuther Fürth, one of the league’s recent in-form teams.

Seven games left: the final sprint

Speaking at his pre-game press conference, Hofschneider spoke positively about the work over the last two weeks, which has given Union time to work on the training field. The Köpenick side went through their paces during the international window against Wolfsburg (0-3) and Holstein Kiel (2-3). There were highlights to take from both matches, particularly the performances of the U-19 players who enjoyed some brief game time at first-team level.

However, Sunday’s business is serious: 15th-placed Greuther Fürth are just three points behind Union who ran out 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture in October. While the likes of Kaiserslautern and Darmstadt have threatened a revival at the bottom of the league, Damir Burnic’s men have stepped up to the mark and collected 16 points from the last 30 available.

“We go to Fürth with respect, but also with enough self-confidence. We won the last game there; everything else we have to show on the pitch. It doesn’t do us too good to talk about it before we have done anything,” said 47-year-old Hofschneider.

Hofschneider’s selection issues: changes are likely

Union Berlin will leave the Alte Försterei this weekend without a number of key players available. Steven Skrzybski and Marc Torrejon picked up muscle strains and are unlikely to feature on Sunday afternoon. Akaki Gogia is still in some discomfort with his ankle problem, so won’t be available for selection. There are no changes to the status of long-term absentees Sebastian Polter, Michael Parensen and Fabian Schönheim.

Elsewhere, Kenny Prince Redondo could be an option following a solid international break in training where he featured in a large chunk of the Wolfsburg fixture.

Union strongly backed on Easter Sunday

More than 1,000 Union supporters will make the long journey to Fürth over the holiday weekend. There are tickets still available for home and away supporters and the box office on location. 

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Marvin Friedrich

was Player of the Day for the last time against Fürth

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MatchStatistics

SpVgg Greuther Fürth vs 1. FC Union Berlin

42 % Possession 58 %
75 % Pass Completion Rate 74 %
46 % Successful Tackle Rate 54 %
12 Shots on Goal 15
4 Crosses 12
3 Caught Offside 3
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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