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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Union Berlin – Borussia Dortmund 2:0: In the style of a top team! FCU deservedly wins in the top game

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.


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