Polter on fire: Striker continues scoring run in Regensburg
Union win on the road
Union Berlin made it three wins in a row with a 2-0 win at Jahn Regensburg in front of 9,791 at the Continental Arena.
Sebastian Polter continued his wicked vein of scoring form, taking his season tally up to five, while Akaki Gogia secured the points in the second half.
Coach Jens Keller selected the same 4-2-3-1 basic shape as previous games, but Steven Skrzybski was left out for Gogia, who returned to form with a superb performance.
Union were forced to wait before taking control with Regenbsurg looking to stamp their authority on the match immediately. On 21 minutes, creator Marcel Hartel showed his qualities in the final-third, landing an inch-perfect cross into the path of Polter who headed home. Towards the close of the first period, both teams had some chances but all came from long distance.
Achim Beierlorzer’s side started stronger in the second half, but for all their efforts, only managed to hit the side-netting. Union keeper Jakob Busk earned the plaudits of the 1,500 travelling supporters with a string of fine saves to keep the scores blank. Union took full advantage at the other end and on 75 minutes, converted a razor-sharp counterattack: Hartel and Polter threatened and created the chance, but Gogia finished off.
“We are delighted to have won 2-0 today. But we have to thank our goalkeeper today. The penalty save was very important. Our fans stood behind us united, and as one. That was special. Nevertheless, we admitted too much for them. We have to play more precisely up front; we didn’t switch around our shapes too well. But we have to be happy,” said Keller post match.
After two games on the road in the 2.Bundesliga, the Köpenick side returns home next weekend to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Union Berlin will host Greuther Fürth on Saturday October 21 at 13:00 local time. Tickets are still available in both sections of the stadium.