1. FC Union Berlin won the top game against Borussia Dortmund 2-0 (2-0) and thus defended the lead in the Bundesliga. After a very weak first half, BVB is only in the middle of the league.
- Jannik Haberer scored the goals for Unioon Berlin, first after a mistake by BVB keeper Gregor Kobel (8th), then with a brilliant long-range shot (21st).
- For Union Berlin it was the seventh win in the tenth game of the season.
- In the table, the Irons defend the top of the table and are now seven points ahead of BVB with 23 points.
- After his fourth defeat, he is only in eighth place – and now has a negative goal difference of 13:14.
- In the DFB Cup, Union meets 1. FC Heidenheim at home on Wednesday evening. BVB has to travel to Hannover 96 on the same day.
Union Berlin – Borussia Dortmund: The analysis
In order to tackle the league leaders away from home, Edin Terzic switched to a back three in defense – for the first time this season and for the first time since March 2021 against FC Bayern. Aim: to create a superior number in central defense against the home side’s double leadership.
However, the measure paralyzed their own offensive game: The double sixes Emre Can and Salih Özcan were almost invisible in the build-up, Jude Bellingham was completely in the air in front of it. BVB played extremely sluggishly and, above all, wide when in possession of the ball.
Union showed the well-known strengths at the Försterei in the first half: The Irons presented themselves as extremely strong and uncompromising in a duel, against the mistakes in the BVB passing game the quick transition moments and the search for the end followed immediately. That didn’t change even after the “gift” 1:0, the 2:0 resulted from a finely played counterattack after winning the ball.
During the break, Terzic reacted to the weak performance of the first 45 minutes, brought in three new players and switched to 4-2-3-1: Bellingham moved further back, Süle gave the right-back. In the well-known basic order, BVB came to more fluid combinations and significantly easier in the attack third, but the degrees were missing. Union attacked a little later, but was still extremely secure on the defensive and remained dangerous with counterattacks.
Only in the last 20 minutes did disorder in the Union defensive network appear from time to time, and Urs Fischer had also changed several times before. Dortmund pressed for the connection, but the first significant chance did not come until the 75th minute. After the game on Thursday, the FCU increasingly lost strength, but keeper Frederik Rönnow was on the post several times against jokers Marco Reus and Youssoufa Moukoko.
Union Berlin – Borussia Dortmund: The line-ups
Union Berlin: Rönnow – Baumgartl, Knoche, Leite – Trimmel, Khedira, Ryerson – Schäfer (87th Pantovic), Haberer (62nd Thorsby) – Becker (87th Leweling), Jordan (67th Behrens)
Borussia Dortmund: Kobel – Süle (Hazard 70), Hummels, Schlotterbeck – Meunier (Malen 46), Can (Reyna 82), Guerreiro – Bellingham, Salih Özcan (Reus 46) – Moukoko, Adeyemi (Brandt 46)
Union Berlin – Borussia Dortmund: The data for the game
Gates: 1: 0 Haberer (8th), 2: Haberer (21st)
The star of the game: Jannik Haberer (Union Berlin)
Was the match winner for the Irons with his brace. Only had to push into the empty goal to make it 1-0, but before that he made the extra meters to put Kobel under pressure in the first place. The 2-0 fell under the category “a shot like a line”.
The flop of the game: Gregor Kobel (BVB)
In the first few minutes with his head elsewhere: first unsure against Schöfer (5th), then with the blackout before 0: 1 when he slipped (8th). No chance at 0.2 (21st). At least strong against Baumgartl (56th).
The referee: Tobias Stieler
Had the game under control even when things got a little rough in the middle of the first half. Had the yellow card against Schlotterbeck corrected by the VAR in the second half via the button in the ear. Correct, after Knoche’s use against Hummels in the final phase not to decide on penalties.