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Union beat Magdeburg to set up last day showdown

Polter double:

Sun, 12. May 2019
Union beat Magdeburg to set up last day showdown

1. FC Union Berlin marked the last home league game of the season with a comfortable 3-0 win over relegated 1. FC Magdeburg. 

Grischa Prömel opened the scoring after eight minutes before Sebastian Polter struck just after the half hour mark at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Trouble in the away section forced the game to be halted for around 10 minutes. After the restart, Polter grabbed his second with the clock well over the 90th minute mark. 

1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Trimmel, Friedrich, Hübner, Reichel (Lenz 79); Schmiedebach, Prömel, Mees (Kroos 68), Zulj (Hartel 90); Andersson, Polter

1. FC Magdeburg: Loria; Müller, Erdmann, Perthel; Hammann, Ignjovski (Rother 68), Preißinger, Chahed (Lewerenz 58); Beck, Lohkemper (Costly 58), Bülter

Polter returned to the team as one of three changes from last Sunday’s defeat in Darmstadt. The striker joined Sebastian Andersson up top, with Suleiman Abdullahi dropping to the bench. Michael Parensen and Julian Ryerson were respectively replaced by Florian Hübner and Joshua Mees. With the stakes high in Köpenick, the home supporters roared the team on from two hours before the kick-off. They were quickly rewarded after just eight minutes — Trimmel sent a dangerous cross towards Andersson in the box, the Swede heading on target. But Giorgi Loria’s save rebounded straight to Prömel who bundled home from less than a metre from goal. Magdeburg’s attacking threat was tame and the home side managed to keep Michael Oenning’s side under control for the most part. Marius Bütler headed past the post from a corner kick midway through the half. At the other end, Union made their chances count with Andersson punishing a mistake in central defence, picking out Polter who finished past Loria.

Throughout the league campaign, Fischer’s team have shown outstanding defensive structure behind the ball. Today was no different as the league’s strongest defence held out the visitors who gave it their all to avoid the drop. With 10 minutes to go, disturbances in the away section led to the game being postponed until beyond the 90th minute. Referee Robert Schröder kept a lead on the situation and restarted play. Union managed to carve out one final attack in additional time, taking advantage of a defensive mix-up and giving Polter his second of the afternoon.

Today's three points mean that Union Berlin — at minimum — has secured a spot in the relegation playoff for the Bundesliga. Matters will be settled next Sunday, with Union away to VfL Bochum and second-place Paderborn heading to Dynamo Dresden on the final matchday of the campaign.