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Fischer's team face champions Bayern Munich

Away test for Union:

Thu, 08. April 2021
Fischer's team face champions Bayern Munich

1. FC Union Berlin will be put to the test on Saturday when Urs Fischer's team head to the league-leaders Bayern Munich.

Review

Union picked up a well-deserved point from last Saturday's city derby against Hertha at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Robert Andrich fired the Köpenick club into the lead after 10 minutes with a terrific strike from the edge of the penalty box. Union threatened and dominated their counterparts from Charlottenburg, with Julian Ryerson striking against the crossbar three minutes later. Pal Dardai's team grappled their way back into the game and gradually became more dangerous as the first-half wore on. Jordan Torunarigha hit the crossbar and then Matteo Guendouzi was brought down for a penalty kick with 10 minutes of the half to play. Dodi Lukebakio stepped up and equalised the scores. There would be no change to the score for the remainder of the game as both teams cancelled each other out, whilst being unable to find that all-important second goal.

Opposition

Bayern Munich, champions for the past eight years in Germany, are coming off the back of a narrow 2-3 defeat in the UEFA Champions League at home to Paris Saint-Germain. Despite 31 shots on goal to PSG's six, the French side ran out winners on the night with a double for Kylian Mbappe and one for Marquinhos. Hansi Flick's side will turn their attention back to the Bundesliga this weekend, having extended their lead at the top of the league to seven points with a 1-0 win at nearest challengers RB Leipzig. A ninth championship in successive seasons looks almost guaranteed for the Bavarians as they enter the final seven matches of the campaign. But they will need to prepare for Union without Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, Goretzka and Niklas Süle. 

Personnel

Urs Fischer had positive news on the fitness of Niko Gießelmann who took part in team training this week after recovering from injury. "Let's see if this match comes too early for Gießelmann," said the Union coach. Alongside Gießelmann, Christopher Lenz and Julian Ryerson are in contention for the left-back position. However, Union will travel to Munich without Leon Dajaku, Taiwo Awoniyi, Sheraldo Becker and Anthony Ujah.

Service

Saturday's match at the Allianz Arena will be held behind closed doors.