Union beaten on the road at Braunschweig
Reichel goal defeats Union
A first-half goal from Ken Reichel succumbed Union Berlin to defeat at Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday.
Neither side asserted much dominance on the game inside the first 10 minutes. Union was sharp and combative like the win over Fortuna Düsseldorf last weekend, but couldn’t create in the final-third. The home side, however, gained an early advantage when Reichel struck from distance, low into the bottom corner of Daniel Mesenhöler’s net.
From then onwards, Torsten Lieberknecht’s men held on to the controls. Domi Kumbela threatened in the 28th minute but Mesenhöler did well to keep the deficit at one. Coach Andre Hofschneider noticed problems in the middle of the park and switched Stephan Fürstner for Grischa Prömel after just half an hour at the Eintracht-Stadion.
Kumbela was clean through on the Union goal early into the second half, but opted to shoot rather than carry towards the box. Abdullahi prodded a shot wide of the target on the hour mark as the Köpenick club struggled to gain a foothold in the match. Steven Skrzybski, who scored twice in the win last week, forced Fejzic into action but with a tame effort.
With Braunschweig focused on protecting their lead, the capital club was stronger in the final quarter of an hour. Simon Hedlund came within inches of equalising with a header from inside the box before Sebastian Polter passed up a fantastic opportunity in the final few minutes. The match ended on a low for Union with Akaki Gogia picking up his fifth yellow card, triggering a suspension for the next league match.
"Congratulations to Braunschweig, who earned their points. Today we have missed a lot of what we threw into the mix last week. I don't just want to hold onto Felix Kroos's suspension, but today we have seen how important he is for our game. It will take us some time to process this game. As we did in the first 30 minutes, you can't perform like that in the 2.Bundesliga," coach Hofschneider said in the post-match media briefing.
Union Berlin have the chance to bounce back next Saturday when Sandhausen make the trip to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Tickets will be available through next week with the visiting side expected to return a number of briefs. Saturday’s kick-off time is 13:00.