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Union Berlin: Verbal slap in the face for RB Leipzig - Sport


By Javier Cáceres, Berlin

The Bundesliga rookie 1st FC Union Berlin took a long bath on Sunday in an ocean called reality. In their first Erstligaspiel since relegation from the GDR Oberliga 1989, the Köpenicker were subject to last year's third-party RB Leipzig 0-4 (0-3) - and were thus even well served, at times worked the 56th Bundesliga novice in history dramatically overwhelmed. The only consolation for the Union: The Champions League participants Leipzig is not one of the teams that one must suspect on an equal footing.

Berlin midfielder Grischa Prömel was still served. He said, "We did not come to the league to be slaughtered every week." Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann noted the result with humor.

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"It could have been worse," he said. The game was preceded by the Statement Unions that you also started in the first league to annoy the establishment. Under the applause of all fans of the 1st FC Union (and the curses of the Leipzig supporters) quoted stadium announcer Christian work from a manifesto of the "Wuhle Syndicate", the organization of the Union Ultras. And proclaimed that you will do "what we have always done, keep your attitude." It was the sort of official support of the 15-minute mood boycotts, the fans had announced Unions against the "commercial product" RB Leipzig. And persevered.

To whom participation in a club is really important, who is invited to "loudly silent", talked work into the microphone - and also called the membership Unions in memory. That was a little jumbled allusion to the just seventeen club members of Leipzig, a verbal slap in the face, so to speak. Hell should ignite the stadium after the 15 minutes of silence, had called for work. The hell then prepared the Leipzig but their hosts - with a football that shows under coach Julian Nagelsmann less changeover and more ball possession game than under Ralf Rangnick.

A shy start Union had followed a few successful offensive actions, including striker Sebastian Andersson. Just when the fan protest was over, left-back Marcel Halstenberg scored for the overall deserved lead. Marcel Sabitzer had played the ball across to the left side; because Suleiman Abdullahi had forgotten to turn the reverse gear, Halstenberg was completely free there and could sleep the ball in the right corner (16).

Unions lack of creativity can not be masked

After a mistake by Union captain Grischa Prömel, who lost the ball in his own half after a poor drop from goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz to Halstenberg, Marcel Sabitzer increased to 2: 0 (28). After that, the defensive union was completely off the role. A carver from center-back Robert Andrich was followed by a lupine of Yussuf Poulsen on the crossbar; It was therefore his strike partner Timo Werner reserved to achieve the 3-0 - also after indispositions in the Union defense (42.).

After the break Union coach Urs Fischer changed striker Anthony Ujah for disappointing Christian Gentner. It was the signal to his team that it was more important to him to die than to live on his knees. Of course, the people of Leipzig did not realize that they were willing to be merciful. A good opportunity from Werner followed a double chance by Marcel Sabitzer and Diego Demme, who defeated Unions goalkeeper Gikiewicz. Only then Union tried to shift the game into the opposing half, but their lack of creativity in the game structure was not to hide.

In the 69th minute Leipzig substitute PSG-buying Christopher Nkunku used the comatose state of the Berlin defense to 4: 0. It was a goal off the rack - at least compared to the spectacle delivered by the 22 467 spectators. They celebrated until the final whistle every halfway successful action, every sign of courage as a triumph. They know from other battles that fighting against the establishment is difficult.

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