First Bundesliga away win: Union celebrates in the end


Thanks to an effective performance, Union Berlin scored its first Bundesliga away win. In the kriselnden 1. FSV Mainz 05 the team of Urs Fischer was long superior, stumbled in the closing stages and could celebrate in the end.
In addition to the furious Derbysieg against Hertha BSC dominated in Union Berlin and in the entire capital after the city duel, especially the riots of both fan camp talks in the last week. On Saturday afternoon, the team of Urs Fischer wanted to focus exclusively on the sport in the away game at Mainz 05 and gild if possible the 1-0 victory over Hertha.

The KOpenickern succeeded. Union showed a convincing performance for a long time, but let Mainz come back into the game and saved a close 3: 2 (2: 0) over time.

Against last failing Mainz began the KOpenicker offensive with two shock strikers: next to Sebastian Andersson began derby hero Sebastian Polter, who had scored the golden goal in the city duel last weekend, in the starting eleven. The first good opportunity came in Mainz but another: After 15 minutes Andersson put Christian Gentner head high in the scene, the midfielder could not use the promising opportunity from just under seven meters.

Nevertheless, Union was better in the episode: Christopher Lenz had only four minutes after Gentners chance the next opportunity to lead, but also twisted. After a mixed initial phase, the game became more attractive, and the hosts also came into play. In the 21st minute Rafal Gikiewicz rescued Adam Szalai in the Union goal and prevented the Mainz lead. The keeper could not have intervened against Baku seven minutes later. Luckily for Union, the ball flew close to the goal.

But the team of Urs Fischer was not impressed by well-playing Mainz and countered successfully. A Trimmel cross from the right deflected the Mainz Daniel Brosinski under distress of Marcus Ingvartsen in the middle to 1: 0 in the own goal. In a good Mainz phase, the KOpenick reacted strongly and provided the lead, which Sebastian Andersson even increased shortly before half time (45 + 2). The striker headed a perfect corner by captain Christopher Trimmel placed in the goal.

Also after half time the Fischer-Eleven pressed immediately on the next hit. Again it was a corner of Trimmel, who again found a buyer with Sebastian Andersson. The Swede took advantage of the disorder in the Mainz box and increased with his second goal to 3-0. Union dominated the hosts, who were increasingly hearing whistles from their fans, followed as far as possible. Christian Gentner and Robert Andrich, who will miss the Iron Man in the next game due to his fifth yellow cards, put the KOpenicker game in the center well and brought the teammates in front of him again and again in good positions.

Mainz on the other side came only rarely before the KOpenicker goal. One of the better chances was substitute Jean-Paul Onisiwo in the 64th minute, again Gikiewicz held strong. In the final quarter hour, Union made it unnecessarily tight: The team became more passive by the minute, had little ball possession and let Mainz come back into the game. First Onisiwo scored in the 82nd minute, the 1: 3, in injury time succeeded Brosinski (90 + 4) even the first goal.

In the end, the KOpenicker rescued the first Bundesliga away win over time – after a really convincing performance. After the victories in the DFB Cup at SC Freiburg and in the capital derby against Hertha BSC coach Urs Fischer celebrates with his team thus already the third success in series. Union Berlin goes with 13 points in the international break. In two weeks (23.11., 15:30 clock), the team then have to compete in the Alten FOrsterei against the form-strong Borussia from MOnchengladbach.

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