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Union Berlin defeat Chemnitzer FC 3-1 in friendly

Victory in Hoyerswerda:

Thu, 05. September 2019
Union Berlin defeat Chemnitzer FC 3-1 in friendly

To celebrate 100 years of football in Hoyerswerda, 1. FC Union Berlin ran out 3-1 winners against third division side Chemnitzer FC.

Julius Kade started the scoring at the beginning of the second half before strikes from Akaki Gogia and Suleiman Abdullahi gave Union a two-goal lead.

Tarsis Bonga scored a consolation goal for the opponents.

Chemnitzer FC: Mroß - Hohender, Schoppenhauer (57 Garcia)., Blumberg, Doyle (57. Milde) – Campulka, Langer (57. Itter) – Tuma (46. Bozic), Tallig, Awuku (57. Bohl) – Hosiner (46. Bonga)

1. FC Union Berlin: Busk (71. Oppermann) – Ryerson (61. Maloney), Rapp, Parensen (55. Schlotterbeck), Reichel – Kroos, Kade (71. Dehl) – Gogia, Abdullahi (74. Opfermann Arcones), Mees (55. Flecker) – Polter

Fischer's 4-2-3-1 system allowed Union to accommodate many attacking players in order to increase game time against professional opposition. Sebastian Polter's header after five minutes was cleared off the line as Union peppered Chemnitz's box with a series of corner kicks. The third division club threatened on occasion, largely through David Tuma on the left-flank. Abdullahi missed a great chance as he dribbled into the box from the right-hand side, while Polter had the ball in the net despite the offside flag. 

Union found the cutting edge straight after the restart. Polter found Kade and the young midfielder dispatched the first of the evening. Gogia and Joshua Mees combined soon after for the second, picking off Chemnitz who started to commit too many men forward. The Union coach will have been pleased with how the Köpenick club maintained the tempo. Polter should have converted from one of several opportunities, but in the end, Abdullahi ran clear and scored the third after 74 minutes. Chemnitz pulled one back through Bonga late on, the attacker scoring against Leo Oppermann, the young goalkeeper who made his Union debut.

Fischer: "Today it was all about offering the boys playing practice, which in the last weeks not so often happened. I think a friendly against a third-division team at the end of a training week is ideal. I liked a lot today, but we still have to work on other aspects."

After the weekend break, Union will return with Werder Bremen in their sight. The northern Germans come to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei the following weekend on Saturday at 15:30.