Berlin (dpa) – The iron clapped beaming with joy and ran via the Alte Försterei to the victory lap, the defeated professionals of FSV Mainz 05 just wanted to leave the place quickly.
Powered by the brilliant Max Kruse, 1. FC Union Berlin greatly exacerbated the crisis in Rheinhessen when transition coach Jan-Moritz Lichte made his debut. The Eiserne celebrated their first victory of the season and their greatest success in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 (1-0) victory. They also impressively supported the playful upward trend shown last.
“We played very good football. We were in very good positions, we did what the coach said, so we are very satisfied,” said Kruse, admitting: “It was another great feeling in the Bundesliga. Stay true.”
Kruse (13th minute) in his first start for Union, Marcus Ingvartsen (49th), Marvin Friedrich (63rd) and Joel Pohjanpalo (64th), who had just been substituted, scored the goals in front of about 4,500 enthusiastic spectators. Union never managed to play a pack of four in the Bundesliga. Shockingly harmless Mainz suffered their third loss in their third game and after the international break now underway, they urgently need to start a new beginning. After the game you have the feeling that you have to work on everything, light said at broadcaster DAZN. The situation of the Mainz team before the match in Berlin should not be an excuse for such a defeat.
National coach Urs Fischer had bluffed. There was no mention of Kruse in the starting XI. The nomination proves his opinion that he is fit enough. “Now we have to show what we signed him for from the start”, said the Swiss shortly before kick-off about the ex-international. And Kruse showed it. The first worthwhile Union attack on Robert Andrich and Sheraldo Becker, he completed with a header to take the lead. With his Iron Goal Premiere, the 32-year-old has now scored for six different Bundesliga clubs.
But Kruse showed even more. When Mainz pushed forward quickly, the striker (20th) sprinted back into his own penalty area as if the prolonged ankle injury had never existed. This collective consciousness arrives in Köpenick. After another Union counterattack (27th) via Becker, Kruse almost went for it before half time. Nico Schlotterbeck (30th) also got the chance to score a second goal.
And Mainz? Slight had hardly changed the team after the quarrels and turbulence and the replacement of his former boss Achim Beierlorzer. Philipp Mwene, Alexander Hack and Pierre Kunde joined the team for Ridle Baku, who had moved to VfL Wolfsburg, and Moussa Niakhaté and Barreiro Martins were suspended. The unaltered offensive failed to surprise Union’s solid defense. For goalkeeper Andreas Luthe, who had been preferred over Liverpool loan from Loris Karius, it didn’t even become uncertain until half time.
Light kept his players in the locker room for a long time. The hoped-for effect quickly disappeared. Ingvartsen was free to place after a cross from Christopher Trimmel to the second goal. Even Friedrich was not bothered by his header. And a few seconds after Pohjanpalo took the field for the now exhausted Kruse, the Finn poked the ball in his first goal. “We are now in the Bundesliga. You feel that there is more experience,” said Union pro Christopher Trimmel.