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Andersson nets as Union claim Frankfurt win

Stunning Away Victory:

Mon, 24. February 2020
Andersson nets as Union claim Frankfurt win

1. FC Union Berlin picked up all three points at Eintracht Frankfurt with a 2-1 victory against the Europa League participants.

Sebastian Andersson's ninth of the league campaign put Union ahead after 48 minutes before an own goal from Evan N'Dicka extended the away side's advantage. 

Andre Silva's goal with 11 minues to play put the Köpenick club under severe pressure, 

Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp; N’Dicka (Rode 71), Hinteregger, Abraham, Hasebe, Durm (Silva 65); Kohr, Kamada, Chandler; Paciencia, Kostic

1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Subotic, Friedrich, Hübner; Lenz, Ryerson, Andrich, Gentner (Prömel 77); Malli (Ingvartsen 63), Bülter (Kroos 90), Andersson

Urs Fischer was forced into two changes from last week’s narrow defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Florian Hübner returned to the heart of Union’s defensive trio with Keven Schlotterbeck unavailable for selection. Meanwhile, Christopher Trimmel’s suspension handed Julian Ryerson the opportunity to start the match at right-back, while Marvin Friedrich took control of captain’s duties. With stadium acoustics on their side due to the boycott of home fans, Union controlled much of the early proceedings without putting Kevin Trapp under intense pressure. The home goalkeeper picked up a few high balls from set plays, but in the 22nd minute was eventually tested as Friedrich crossed for Malli who fired accurately on target. On 34 minutes, Marius Bülter was inches away from continuing his brilliant run of form as he raced clear on Trapp’s goal but the home side were bailed out by David Abraham. Ryerson and Hübner were cautioned towards the end of the first 45 and the central defender missed his own goal by the smallest of margins in the solitary minute of stoppage time.

1. FC Union Berlin returned from the break and were given a gift to take the lead in the 48th minute. Erik Durm and David Abraham failed to deal with a defensive situation, Christopher Lenz nipped in and set up Andersson for the easiest of tap ins. The hosts looked a threat whenever Filip Kostic found space to whip in a trademark cross, and on 61 minutes the Serb picked out Goncalo Paciencia but the striker headed over. Union could have doubled their advantage two minutes earlier than the eventual goal when Ingvartsen led a superb counter-attack, setting up Bülter who blazed the shot high and wide. In the end, the Dane would play the crucial role in creating the second goal with Evan N’Dicka turning the ball past his own goalkeeper. Andre Silva and Sebastian Rode were brought on from the Frankfurt bench, giving Union something to think about defensively. On 68 minutes, Paciencia should have the cut the deficit but Gikiewicz charged out of his goal to make a terrific stop. The resilient Union rearguard was broken 11 minutes from the end as Andre Silva’s backheel deflected against Hübner and trickled over the line. The last 10 minutes plus lengthy stoppage time were not for the faint-hearted with chances and goalmouth scrambles in both boxes. Felix Kroos was the final change in the the 90th minute and the midfielder almost scored from distance in the fourth minute of stoppage. But despite Frankfurt’s late pressure, Fischer’s team held firm for an outstanding three points on the road.