Grischa Prömel was lying on his stomach in the grass and holding her head with both hands, the audience groaned in disappointment. Midfielder 1. FC Union had slipped with so much momentum that he was already halfway through Freiburg. The goal-line approach may have worked, but the ball just flew out of the way.
Prömel was the only one to cross the goal line at An der Alten Försterei on Wednesday night; The match between Berlin and Freiburg ended 0-0 in front of 5000 spectators. The guests will remain in fifth place due to the lottery, and Union is back in eighth place. “We had three very good chances, so we have to lead,” Al-Ittihad midfielder Rani Khedira said. “Efficiency has been on our minds since the last day of the match. We had good chances, but we didn’t score any goals in two games. We have to use the lever.”
Urs Fischer decided to make three changes after the disappointing 1-0 defeat in Fürth. Meanwhile, the rotation between Julian Ryerson and Christopher Tremmel isn’t newsworthy, but it looked different as the storm took over. Kevin Burns was not only on the bench at the start, but also on Max Kroos. Instead, Taiwo Aouni and Rani Khedira played. Thus Fischer reverted to the somewhat more cautious formation with two instead of three trained strikers.
The guests, who have lost four of their last five matches after a great start to the season, made two changes compared to the weekend. Kevin Schlutterbeek and Woo Young Jeong replaced Kevin Shady and Ermiden Demirovic. Since Nico Schlutterbeek regained his fitness in time after injuring his foot, the Schlutterbeek brothers played together for the first time against their former employer and were greeted with cries of ‘god of football’.
After the kickoff, it only took 33 seconds before his voice rose again in the stands. After losing the Freiburg ball, Sheraldo Becker shot from an acute angle. The corner was saved by Mark Fleckin – not without danger, but Nico Giselmann’s header ran over the post to the right.
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In this rhythm he continued in the present. Baker did not find any sharp cross pass and when a cross arrived from the other side, Genki Haraguchi almost scored his first goal with Al Ittihad. But Fulkin repelled his testimony with a strong reaction. On the other hand, Maximilian Eggstein advanced from a distance of 20 meters and hit a rebound from the top of the crossbar. At that point there were only five minutes of play, but it could have been 2-1.
However, the initial momentum calmed down after that. Of course, Freiburg coach Christian Streiche has carefully analyzed recent games in Berlin and left the ball up to the opponent, and the fact that the federation is having problems creating a goal risk against well-organized teams on its own on Wednesday night also emerged. The hosts could not think of anything, which was also due to the fact that they played very dirty. Often times, the ball rebounded assuming the passes were inaccurate.
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However, the guests did not act with the last focus, so they can rarely switch dangerously after Berlin’s mistakes. Jeong had the best chances after a powerful pass from Vincenzo Griveaux, but Andreas Luth scrambled out of the gate and saved it. After a quick start by Becker, the Berlin team had the chance through Awoniyi, but the Nigerian’s shot crossed the bar. So he went with a 0-0 break.
After changing sides, it was Freiburg that put an end to the somewhat dreary hustle and bustle. They came out of the locker room more aggressively, took a train towards the penalty area and had an excellent chance less than 60 seconds later. But Griveaux missed the target. Ten minutes later, Lucas Kubler should have put Sporting Club ahead, but he did not take advantage of Geiselmann’s fatal mistake.
Union slowly found its way back into the game and relied on quick counterattacks against the current higher-ranking guests. It was, however, a normal, casual situation that almost led to success. Timo Baumgartel, Uniyi and Khedira tried clowning in the crowd, but the crossbar and Freiburg’s rescue were off the line 1-0.
Fisher has now brought in new strength with Kevin Burns and Kevin Mohwald and the union has increased the pressure. Grisha Brommel barely missed a sharp cross from the substitute midfielder into the six yard area. “A man from Freiburg was still there, and at last he lost a few centimeters and slipped through the second column,” Brummel annoyed. This was Union’s last chance – with headers from Lucas Hoehler and Philip Leinhardt, the Berlin players were lucky in the end as he stayed 0-0.
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