Conference League Union wins – and has its sights set on the next round.
For Union Berlin was on the 5th day of the Conference League: Lose prohibited. And the Köpenicker even won the game in Haifa. And the result in the parallel game helps them.
Union Berlin is in control of reaching the next round in the Conference League. The Iron won 1-0 in Haifa. In the parallel game, Slavia Prague and Feyenoord Rotterdam separated 2-2. Feyenoord’s draw fell in the 93rd minute. With a win against Slavia Prague on the last day of the match, Union would be in the next round.
120 kilometers away from Tel Aviv, Union started powerfully, but was unable to create clear chances for too long. As in the 3-0 first leg, Fischer bet on the Dane Frederik Rönnow, regular goalkeeper Andreas Luthe had to go on the bench. The Swiss coach did not want this to be seen as a demotion of Luthe, but as a deserved reward for Rönnow. After the 2-0 win in the Berlin derby against Hertha BSC last weekend, four positions were changed, including captain Christopher Trimmel and striker Cedric Teuchert due to bans.
24,000 spectators in the sold-out Samy-Ofer Stadium, including around 600 Union fans, ensured a great atmosphere, but the professionals on the pitch offered far too little. Both Israel’s second-placed Haifa and the Bundesliga’s Fifth Union left a lack of creativity for a long time. In addition, the decisive passes in front of the gate were too imprecise. Shortly after the break, Maccabi increased the pressure and Unions Ryerson was able to clarify in dire need just in time (47th).
Timo Baumgartl (left) in a duel with Tjaronn Chery. (Source: Matthias Koch / imago images)
And what was Berlin doing? Against the well-organized defense block of the Israelis, Max Kruse tried with a shot from 25 meters (55th), but this missed the goal. Ryerson made it better with his head after the submission of Sheraldo Becker (66.), who had just been substituted.
After that, both teams continued to watch each other and Union brought the narrow lead over time. Rönnow steered a dangerous free kick in stoppage time over the goal.