Union Berlin continues to climb in the Bundesliga. At the European Cup starter Hoffenheim, the Köpenicker won their first away win of the season and are building a remarkable series.

Max Kruse gave 1. FC Union Berlin the following sense of achievement. The former national player led coach Urs Fischer’s team to a 3-1 (0-0) victory over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga Monday night game. Kruse scored with a penalty kick in the 60th minute and prepared the goal for Joel Pohjanpalo in the 85th minute and Cedric Teuchert’s last point in the fourth minute of injury time.

Meanwhile, Munas Dabbur (80th) made sure that the hosts equalized, with Robert Skov also seeing the red card for Kruse’s penalty (60th). Union climbed to seventh place with the fifth game without a loss at the end of the sixth day. Hoffenheim is waiting for a victory in the league since the 4-1 win against FC Bayern and four games – yield: only one point.

TSG without Kramaric

The “Yser” also made its mark among the Europa League participants, and not only that: the hosts presented themselves three days before the international home match against Slovan Liberec, initially enthusiastic and dedicated. But Hoffenheim’s team never had the Fischer team under control. In addition, there was the exploitation of opportunities without their striker Andrej Kramaric, who, like Kasim Adams and Pavel Kaderabek, was only allowed to be rebuilt in training after the end of the corona quarantine.

Above all, Dabbur left a few options unused. In the 15th minute, Robin Knoche saved the shot from the 28-year-old attacker from Israel just in front of the line, Dabbur missed the margin from close range. Seconds later, he only hit the inner post – but he was offside in the action. Just like striker Ishak Belfodil, he missed a cross in the 36th minute. A bit symptomatic: at the very front sometimes only centimeters were missing, there was a lack of precision. A shot from Florian Grillitsch (42.), who initially caught the eye, went over it and Andreas Luthe made another dabbur attempt in injury time in the first half, this time with his head, in the Berliner Tor.

Griesbeck’s good chance

But just as the Berliners left chances at the rear, the very determined and low-contact forwards missed Hoffenheim’s backward trajectories. Above all, Kruse and Taiwo Awoniyi, who was one of the four new players after the 1-1 draw against SC Freiburg, keep the TSG defense around Kevin Vogt busy. But they didn’t meet either. After two chances from Awoniyi (9th and 21st), keeper and captain Oliver Baumann van Hoffenheim thwarted the best chance of the guests shortly before half time with a header from Sebastian Griesbeck (40th).

The backlog in defense initially continued to expand in the second half. Hoffenheim had completely lost the thread, but the Köpenickers also played badly rather than straight for a short time, until the referee’s penalty whistle tore everyone out of the footballing darkness.

The ball had come to Griesbeck via Kruse and Awoniyi, Skov van Hoffenheim, who had revived the TSG player after being substituted for half an hour, got carried away to a push. Kruse transformed and Union played in the majority from that moment on. Ironically, the one who missed many opportunities in the first half then scored for 1899. After Dabbur equalized, Kruse ushered in the Union victory in the now turbulent closing stages.

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