Well.deserved 2.0 against Eintracht Frankfurt: 1. FC Union storms towards Europe – Sport

There was almost half an hour left before kick-off at the An der Alten Försterei stadium, when Christian Arbeit greeted the visiting fans in a particularly friendly manner. The journey of the 30,000 people from Frankfurt to the European Cup gala in Barcelona during the week was “inspiring for all of us who want to try it at some point,” said the 1. FC Union stadium spokesman. Our own international experiences this season in the Conference League have awakened the Berliners’ desire for more – and that doesn’t just apply to the fans.

With the excellent performance in 2-0 (2-0) in front of 22,012 spectators against Eintracht Frankfurt on Easter Sunday, Union professionals have also submitted another impressive application for a place in the European Cup. In the table, the Berliners have improved to sixth place with their third win in a row.

Against an opponent who had shown the great FC Barcelona in phases three days ago, the Berliners played themselves into a frenzy in the first half and could have led by three or four goals. All the determination that Union showed was condensed in the 20th minute of the game.

After a far too long cross from the right, the Frankfurt defenders had already switched off and the Berlin attackers slowly turned away. Only Grischa Prömel sprinted after the ball towards the corner flag in what seemed an impossible feat and secured it with a Paolo Maldini memory slide just before the end.

While the Frankfurt fans were loud and numerous in Berlin, the Eintracht team could not…Photo: Contrast/Imago

Via Niko Gießelmann and Genki Haraguchi, the game device landed again at Prömel, who hit the far post with a perfectly formed flick. It was 2-0 after ten minutes earlier, Taiwo Awoniyi had beaten Martin Hinteregger and put Union ahead with a low left-footed shot.

The Frankfurters seemed overwhelmed by the force of Berlin for long stretches and, despite six changes in the starting lineup, didn’t have much to counter it. That certainly had something to do with the physical and mental exhaustion after the highlight on Thursday evening, but above all with Union’s determination.

After the 0:2, the Frankfurters were standing in the center circle with their heads bowed, probably because they already felt that their strength would not be enough against such a good opponent that day. Apart from a chance for Jens Petter Hauge, which Frederik Rönnow parried, Eintracht did not exist offensively for a long time, and the otherwise often outstanding Filip Kostic was not a factor. The fact that Union was only 2-0 at the break was the best news from a Frankfurt perspective, given the other good chances for Sheraldo Becker, Rani Khedira and Prömel.

In the second half, Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner reacted with a few changes and at least his team slowly recovered. Union’s offensive urge was now significantly slowed down, but the well-deserved Berlin home win was no longer in danger. Urs Fischer’s team didn’t have to exhaust themselves in the second half and are going into the cup semifinals on Wednesday at Rasenballsport Leipzig with a lot of self-confidence.

By Editor

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