Union Berlin celebrated a clear home win against Mainz 05 on match day three of the Bundesliga. The Rheinhessen, on the other hand, were terrifyingly weak. For them, the relegation battle should start now.

Powered by the brilliant Max Kruse, 1. FC Union Berlin greatly exacerbated the FSV Mainz 05 crisis during the debut of interim coach Jan-Moritz Lichte. The Eiserne celebrated their first victory of the season and their greatest success in the Bundesliga on Friday evening 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 really good positions, 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 in front of about 4,500 euphoric spectators in the stadium of the Alte Försterei. Gates. Union has never managed to reach a four-pack in the Bundesliga. Shockingly innocent Mainz suffered their third defeat in their third match and after the international break now underway, they urgently need to start a new beginning.

Kruse has now met for six different Bundesliga clubs

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 it is important to show from the beginning what we signed him for,” said the Swiss shortly before the kick-off at DAZN about the ex-national player. And Kruse showed it. The first Union attack on Robert Andrich and Sheraldo Becker that was worth seeing, he completed with a header to take the lead. With his iron premiere, the 32-year-old has now scored for six different Bundesliga clubs.

But Kruse showed even more. Once Mainz pushed forward quickly, the striker (20th) sprinted back into his own penalty area as if the prolonged ankle injury had never occurred. This collective consciousness arrives in Köpenick. After another Union counterattack (27th) on Becker, Kruse almost went for it before half time. Nico Schlotterbeck (30th) also got the chance to score a second goal.

No coach change effect on Mainz 05

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 get risky 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 came onto the field for the now exhausted Kruse, the Finn poked the ball in his first goal. Mainz had long since given up on the double hit.

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