Union loses late on Schalke
Rising Union loses after three wins in a row with 1: 2 on Schalke. A penalty gift used by Ingvartsen is not enough.
Berlin. For a long time, Union Berlin was dreaming of a point win on Schalke, but in the end the Bundesliga climber stood empty-handed. With 1: 2 (1: 1) lost the Berlin their away game in front of 61,837 spectators in Gelsenkirchen, the hit series is torn after three wins.
"We try to get a little bit more about the sides, to provoke the sides," coach Urs Fischer had issued the route for his team on Schalke. But he had changed his starting eleven against the home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach (2: 0) in two positions.
As expected, Robert Andrich returned to the defensive midfield after a suspended yellow-barrier as expected for Felix Kroos. And instead of Anthony Ujah, against the Gladbacher still scorer, Marius Bülter again provided pressure on the outer lane.
Union Berlin supported by 5000 fans
Supported by 5,000 fans who traveled along, Union took on the self-confidence of a team that had won four of the five Bundesliga games before. Marcus Ingvartsen missed the early lead after just four minutes, after Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nübel had gone nuts. Matija Nastasic had decisively distracted the shot of the Danes. Three minutes later Bülter tested with a tight shot the Schalke goalkeeper.
For a long time Union left little room for the hosts – until the 22nd minute. Benito Raman simply pulled away from the edge of the box and thumped the ball under the crossbar in the top right corner. For Union goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz there was no chance to defend.
It was the first shot on goal of the Gelsenkirchen in this game, favored by the fact that before the Union defensive focused on a flank above all on the fuss at the penalty area and neglected the back room.
Hübner with Bundesliga debut for Union Berlin
"Unfortunately, at that time, one of our players was out, missing in the center," said Oliver Ruhnert, Unions' director of professional football, during the break. In fact, Keven Schlotterbeck had to be treated on the right knee. A blow that he attributed himself to a foul against Daniel Caligiuri (21st) and that gave him an early finish five minutes later. Florian Hübner replaced Schlotterbeck (26th) and celebrated his Bundesliga debut for Union at the same time.
Union could not be disturbed despite the backlog. A header by Sebastian Andersson after free kick by Christopher Trimmel scratched Nübel just off the line (29). The Berlin had earned the compensation, but needed a penalty gift.
Andrich fell in a duel with Nastasic, without him being decisively touched by Schalke. Referee Daniel Schlager (Rastatt) decided penalty, video assistant Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach) in Cologne did not realize a clear mistake, so Unions Ingvartsen came by penalty to his second goal of the season (36).
Union Berlin goalkeeper Gikiewicz has to risk a lot
"If you see the odds, the draw is not unjustified. In the beginning we should have taken the lead. On the other hand, quality is what we should not forget. But we are not hiding, "said Ruhnert in the first 45 minutes, in which Trimmel (40.) and Andersson (45.) could even have increased.
After the break, Rafal Gikiewicz took center stage. Time and again, the Union goalkeeper had to intervene, in some cases even risking his head and neck to prevent another backlog.
Because the Schalke increased the tempo, the Köpenickers pushed themselves further and further back. Added to this was one or the other deficiency in the defense, for example by Hübner, but also by Neven Subotic. Raman (58.), Suat Serdar (63.) and Amine Harit (65., 73.) had the Schalke leadership on the foot, but missed the best opportunities.
Subotic leads the defeat for Union Berlin
With increasing playing time, Union reacted only instead of acting on its own. The only real scorer in halftime two had Bülter, whose shot was deflected by Ozan Kabak at the last moment (61.).
"The first half was very good, only the goal was missing. With us in the second half, the power was missing, then it will be difficult, "analyzed Union captain Trimmel. Especially if own mistakes favor the opponent.
Subotic jumped off the ball when accepting the ball, then everything went very fast. About Harit the game device came to Serdar, who gave Gikiewicz no chance (86.) and thus sealed the first defeat for Union Berlin for over a month.
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