1. FC Union Berlin were held to a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes by Bundesliga competitors VfL Wolfsburg in Austria.
Sebastian Andersson's second-minute strike handed the Köpenick club the early lead. Union were competitive throughout the four x 30 minute periods in the game, but were eventually undone towards the end as new signing Joao Victor equalised following a mistake in the Union's defence.
Union 30-60: Gikiewicz; Trimmel, Rapp, Subotic (Parensen 30), Reichel; Schmiedebach, Andrich, Gentner; Abdullahi, Andersson, Mees
Union 60-120: Nicolas; Bülter, Dietz, Schlotterbeck, Lenz; Prömel, Kade; Becker, Gogia; Ingvartsen, Ujah
Saturday's game in Anif, near Salzburg, was 1. FC Union Berlin's sixth test of the season. Wolfsburg, who finished sixth last season, offered the team's first competitive chance to take on Bundesliga opposition. Within two minutes of kick-off, Andersson bundled home the opening goal from Christopher Trimmel's excellent free-kick from the right side. The promoted club settled into a compact defensive shape, looking to transition rapidly in offensive situations. The final pass or cross was still a little lacking, however, and the teams ended the quarter without another serious chance from open play. Neven Subotic's debut passed off comfortably and he was taken off for Michael Parensen after the first half an hour. Union's cult icon was booked around the 50th minute mark as Oliver Glasner's team took control of the possession and looked the more likely team to hit the back of the net.
Fischer's rung the changes at the halfway point with another 11 players given the chance to get game minutes under their belt. Glasner rotated his squad in his homeland for the second and two substitutes in green combined to bring the scores level. Keven Schlotterbeck's loose ball was picked up by Yunus Malli who used his skill and intelligence to feed Joao Victor, the striker finishing with composure from around the edge of the box. Schlotterbeck's central-defensive partner Lars Dietz impressed and looked the Berliners' most creative player with his excellent range of passes. On 84 minutes, the former Dortmund player dropped one in behind the Wolfsburg backline but the final cross from Christopher Lenz was a little wayward. Union's best passage of last three quarters saw Sheraldo Becker sprint down the right, fire in an excellent cross but Ujah was unable to hit the target from a decent position. Victor could have bagged a second for himself but substitute Julius Kade tracked back and cut out the opportunity for the attacker.
After a second draw in a row, 1. FC Union Berlin round off pre-season preparations with Spanish top-tier club Celta Vigo coming to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei next weekend. Tickets can be purchased here.