Soccer – Berlin – Late goal in Berlin: Leverkusen loses 0: 1 at Union-Sport


Berlin (dpa) – Bayer Leverkusen did not crack the union code either and suffered a late defeat.  The  Werkself had to admit defeat at the start of the 16th matchday of the Bundesliga at 1. FC Union Berlin after a goal by Cedric Teuchert (88th minute) with 0: 1 (0: 0) and missed the jump to second place directly behind FC Bayern Munich. After the German record champions (1: 1) and Borussia Dortmund (2: 1), the Eiserne surprised the next top team in temperatures well below freezing on Friday and temporarily climbed to fourth place directly behind Bayer.

Leverkusen could have moved up to one point in Bayern with a win, but now threatens to lose the connection to the top due to the fourth winless league game in a row. Union also remained unbeaten for their eighth home game and sixth game in a row and continues its wondrous surprise season with another coup.

“We won’t have much time on the ball, they want an open exchange of blows, we don’t want that,” Bayer coach Peter Bosz said before the game at DAZN. ©

 The  Union fans, who were not admitted to the Alte Försterei, set off fireworks after a few minutes in front of the stadium, the professionals made life extremely difficult for the Leverkusen team with their uncompromising style on the pitch.


 The  guests determined the sporting events three days after the DFB Cup success against Eintracht Frankfurt, but could not really assert themselves. Compared to the 4: 1 against Hessen, Bosz rotated three times: Instead of Lars Bender, Wendell and Lucas Alario, Aleksandar Dragovic, Daley Sinkgraven and Patrik Schick were in the starting line-up. Because of his knee problems, the 17-year-old young star Florian Wirtz did not make it into the squad again.

His teammates dominated playfully, but after a quarter of an hour Union could and should have taken the lead. After a corner kick from captain Christopher Trimmel, Marvin Friedrich came from close range completely free to the header, but missed the goal by a few centimeters. Bayer goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, who has just been named “Sportsman of the Year 2020” in his Finnish homeland, would probably have had no chance. He had no trouble before with a long-range shot by Robert Andrich (5th).

Otherwise, however, the Berliners initially limited themselves consistently to defensive work and also compensated for a personal setback. Sheraldo Becker, who was twice successful and in top form, had to be replaced after 25 minutes, apparently due to muscular problems; Cedric Teuchert came for him.

Leverkusen looked for the gap in the Union defense with its speed increase on the offensive and approached a goal at the end of the first 45 minutes. Nadiem Amiri and Kerem Demirbay (38th) and Julian Baumgartlinger (41st) had the opportunity to make it 0-1, but gave promising opportunities.

Even after changing sides, Union coach Urs Fischer’s concept worked perfectly. ©

 The  hosts also had the first big chances in the second half. Teuchert appeared free in front of Hradecky, but his shot went to the inside post (50th). Ten minutes later, after another counterattack, he narrowly missed Bayer’s goal again (61st). On the other hand, things got most dangerous when Andrich got his own goalkeeper Andreas Luthe into trouble with a back pass from close range (64th). Union remained dangerous and cheeky – and rewarded two minutes before the final whistle with the winning goal from substitute Teuchert.

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