News : Match winner Emil Forsberg – Sport
It was hardly thought possible anymore. But see: 1. FC Union Berlin can lose against top teams in the Bundesliga. After the draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach, VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich and after the victories against Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, the Köpenickers lost 1-0 at RB Leipzig on Wednesday evening. The match winner was the Swede Emil Forsberg with a joker goal after tough attempts to overcome the carefully defending Berliners. The Köpenicker fought on the 55th anniversary of their “founding conference in the transformer factory ‘Karl Liebknecht’ in Berlin-Oberschöneweide”, as it was at the time in the Berlin newspaper meant more than just respectable. And remained in the top third of the table despite the defeat at the end of the first half of the season.
The appearance of the Berliners was all the more remarkable when it took place in the middle of a week of excitement. Since the 1-0 win against Leverkusen on Friday, Union’s defensive strength Florian Huebner was confronted with accusations of racism; on Monday it was said that he had suffered a training accident and will probably not be able to play. But then he was in the starting line-up. At least as surprising was that Julian Ryerson, 23, played right-back instead of captain Christopher Trimmel, 33, against Angelino, the dangerous and fast left-back of the Leipzig team. “Trimmi is also, how should I put it, of a certain age,” said Union coach Urs Fischer. The calculation worked. The young Norwegian Ryerson was one of the guarantees that Leipzig found it extremely difficult to get any chances, especially in the first half.
At Union, it’s not just the defenders who defend, a tight net is also drawn in midfield
This was due to the usual close-knit defensive of the Berliners, which includes not only the nominal defenders, but also extends to all midfielders, i.e. Robert Andrich, Sebastian Griesbeck and Marcus Ingvartsen. They cut the supply routes for the Leipzig strikers. They were supposed to be overweight and owned the ball. But it was a long time – up to the 37th minute – before they fabricated a real chance. That was because the sometimes dangerous, but not necessarily countering Unioners felt so safe that they shifted the pressing line to the Leipzig penalty area. With consequences: For the first time, the Leipzig team were able to combine and drive the ball forward via Sörtloth. Its pass reached Nkunku free-standing. But the Frenchman chased the ball far over the goal.
Leipzig only picked up the pace after just under an hour, or more precisely: after the replacement of the Swedish director Emil Forsberg. Coach Julian Nagelsmann had brought the Swedes for Kevin Kampl after just under an hour and thus ensured a greater imagination in his team’s game. Union coach Fischer countered by replacing his self-sacrificing attacking department, including the just signed Leon Dajaku (formerly FC Bayern II). But Nagelsmann’s decisions had an effect.
Shortly after Forsberg was substituted on, Nkunku was again alone in front of the Köpenicker goal, but this time he failed after a pass from Marcel Sabitzer to Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe. In the 68th minute it was Sabitzer himself who tried it from the second row – before Union had to accept the goal from Forsberg. He met after the only significant pass from his Spanish midfield partner Dani Olmo. Sörtloth came to a dangerous header, Union to late attacks – but in the end the victory of Leipzig, who remained second in the table, could not be shaken.