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Union meet Bremen in Köpenick

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Thu, 22. April 2021
Union meet Bremen in Köpenick

1. FC Union Berlin will look to bounce back from midweek defeat at Borussia Dortmund when Werder Bremen come to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Saturday afternoon.

Review

After beating VfB Stuttgart 2-1 last Saturday, 1. FC Union Berlin made the trip to the Signal Iduna Park to take on defeated Champions League quarter-finalists Borussia Dortmund. In the end, Urs Fischer's side lost 0-2 to goals from Marco Reus and Raphael Guerreiro. Union started the game positively and Marcus Ingvartsen's rasping shot came back off the crossbar after only 12 seconds. Andreas Luthe would have been prepared for a busy evening against the Bundesliga's second-highest scorers, and with Erling Haaland in their ranks. The Norwegian striker was presented with goalscoring opportunities, but he was denied on a number of occasions by Luthe. Reus followed up to score the rebound from Luthe's saved penalty kick on 25 minutes — a controversial decision after the German international hit the ground after minimal contact. Petar Musa, who scored his first Bundesliga goal a week ago, nearly equalised for Union, while Max Kruse struck a free-kick off the post at the start of the second half. As Union pushed forward, Dortmund took advantage of the space at the back in the closing stages as substitute Guerreiro finished off in the 88th minute.

Opposition

Werder Bremen are four points above the relegation play-off position, where they finished the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign after 34 matches. Their run of defeats was extended to six matches in the top flight after a 0-1 loss at the Weserstadion to Mainz on Wednesday. Florian Kohlfeldt's side have slipped into a relegation battle and will be eager to make up ground with four matches to play. The four-time Bundesliga champions have enjoyed recent trips to the capital, beating Hertha 4-1 at the Olympic Stadium in January and winning 2-1 at the Alte Försterei last season. While Bremen's focus is on survival, the northern Germans have a DFB-Pokal semi-final to look forward to against RB Leipzig at the end of April.

Personnel

Union will go into the Bremen match with a clean bill of health from the last game aside from Taiwo Awoniyi, Anthony Ujah and Sheraldo Becker.

Service

The 15:30 kick-off on Saturday will take place behind closed doors at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.