1. FC Union Berlin played out a 3-3 draw with Danish club FC Nordsjaelland in the first match of the Baltic Sea Cup at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.
The Köpenick club led 2-1 at the break with a brace from Fisnik Allsani, but the Danes responded and earned a 2-3 lead in the second half. But Florian Flecker scored at the death to secure a point before Union make the trip to Halmstads on September 17 for the next round of fixtures.
1. FC Union Berlin XI: Nicolas – Labroussis (61. Reinhardt), Maloney (46. Dasgin), Rankic, Ryerson – Liebelt (61. Haase), Opfermann Arcones (86. Veith), Maciejewski (77. Somnitz), Kade, Flecker – Asllani (77. Travassos)
Around 300 spectators watched on as Union's team was put to the test against a Danish club, which has produced a number of players for the first-team including our own Marcus Ingvartsen. Andre Hofschneider was in charge of the side for this game, with Sebastian Bönig taking care of other coaching commitments. The Baltic Sea Cup is a competition, organised by the Danish FA, to give younger players exposure to international football – the starting team is allowed to include three first-team players. Allsani netted early on for Union before Antmann equalised after 21 minutes. Four minutes later, Julian Ryerson combined with Tim Maciejewski who then crossed for Allsani to score the second.
Youngsters Maciejewski and Asllani combined throughout to good effect, but the second half dominance belonged to the Danish club who fought back. Sadiq and Rimmen netted for Nordsjaelland within a 12 minute period. But the Austrian summer signing saved the day in injury time, sprinting clear and finishing past the visiting goalkeeper.