Bundesliga: Union misses home win against Greuther Fürth and stumbles in the battle for Europe

The two football coaches decided to make only one change in starting XI. Fürth coach Stefan Leitl started Jamie Leweling, who has recovered from coronavirus, so Julian Green had to sit on the bench. On the other hand, András Schäfer’s was left with COVID-19 and he was replaced by Genki Haraguchi.

Despite the 4-1 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday and the accompanying safe relegation, Greuther Fürth was motivated right from the start of the match. Kløverbladet were very close to putting themselves one up after 10 minutes as Branimir Hrgota got through on the left, but failing in concentration, he shot the ball wide.

Aside from a chance from Taiwo Awoniyi (11th), Union remained pale on the offensive in the first round. Leitl-Elf, on the other hand, pushed to make it 1 – 0, but instead of Jessic Ngankam missed a chance, Tobias Raschl hit the crossbar (17th) and an inaccurate shot by Hrgota (20th).


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But soon after, the captain himself forgot the missed opportunity again. Robin Knoche unfortunately cleared the ball in front of Hrgota’s feet, who lowered the ball from the right edge of the penalty area into the long cross corner (33 ‘).

After the change of sides, the game shares moved in Berlin’s favor, but the great chances were not there yet. Andreas Voglsammer, who has meanwhile come in as a substitute, should have thanked Ngankam for that, because the 21-year-old could not use a bad pass from newcomers from Arminia Bielefeld to put a dangerous post in front of goal. (52 ‘).

Only in the 70th minute Urs Fischer came on the field for Taiwo Awoniyi and Niko Gießelmann for Kevin Behrens and Sven Michel. The latter stumbled a few seconds later as a joker when Nick Viergever made a mistake in front of his own goal and the former Paderborn player was able to chase the ball into the empty net from a few yards (72 ‘).

After that, Union came closer to the winning goal, but the chances were not dangerous, and so it remained a fair 1: 1. For the iron is a setback in the struggle for international places.

The voices for the game:

Stefan Leitl (coach Greuther Furth): “If we scored three goals in the first half, it would have been deserved. We did not close in much before we closed in, but unfortunately we did not reach it completely. Nevertheless, my compliment to my team: good match today. “

Branimir Hrgota (Greuther Furth): “The first half was very good, the second half also started well. Then it is also clear that the Unions are putting pressure and that they will come, especially when they play at home. In the end, it was a good match from us.”

Rani Khedira (Union Berlin): “The disappointment is great. Due to the first half we did not earn more today, it was clearly too little. In the second half it got a little better, but not in the way we had actually imagined. It is more of a points won today. “

Sven Michel (Union Berlin): “We really did not play well today, it must be said. We did not get into the tackles and did not do what we wanted. Of course, Fürth did really well.”

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This is an interesting observation, especially in light of the current sixth place in the table. It is possible that these points will be missing for participation in a European competition.

It was to be spotted: Further offensive football against the sixth in the table

It looked different in the second half, but Greuther Fürth surprised with their attitude and style of play in the first half. Instead of kicking dull, the storm trio around Leweling, Hrgota and Ngankam made an offensive effort. The only problem was the concentration: All three missed good chances, which in hindsight could have guaranteed the victory.

Statistics: 51

Despite the disappointing result from the Union’s point of view, Fischer-Elf got another point today, which meant a new record in the German upper house. This means that there are already 51 points this season – one more than in the last (50). And that with two games left.

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