Borussia Mönchengladbach’s false start into the Bundesliga season is perfect. At home strong European Cup starter Union Berlin, the foals pursued by bad luck with injuries lost 1: 2 (0: 2) on Sunday. After three match days, Gladbach and his new coach Adi Hütter go into the international break without a win and with only one point.
Captain Lars Stindl pulled his hair, his teammates sank disappointed on the lawn. The new coach Adi Hütter tried to lift the losers from Borussia Mönchengladbach, the fans who had traveled with them gave noisy consolation – but the Bundesliga false start is perfect.
“It’s a bitter pill – unnecessary for me because it wasn’t deserved,” said Hütter after the 1: 2 (0: 2) at Union Berlin DAZN. After the defeat at the home-strong European Cup starter, the foals, haunted by bad luck with injuries, go into the international break after three matchdays without a win and with only one point.
“We have to find each other as quickly as possible so that we can score and not run after the band,” said the coach: “Stahlhelm, we have to go through that.” Goalscorer Jonas Hofmann complained about the defensive mistakes: “We just watch, we conceded goals that were too simple, that is defended too naively. But we didn’t necessarily create enough big chances either.”
After the defeat at the home-strong European Cup starter, the foals, haunted by bad luck with injuries, go into the international break after three matchdays without a win and with only one point. “It wasn’t all bad,” said attacker Patrick Herrmann, “but in the end it was just not enough.”
Niko Gießelmann (22nd) and Taiwo Awoniyi (41st) shot Union after two draws for the first three – it was the 18th home game in a row without defeat. This ends a successful week for the Berliners, who entered the group stage of the Conference League on Thursday. “That was the perfect end to a great week,” said Gießelmann, “the break is just right now, we’re all exhausted.”
Gießelmann puts Union in the lead
The Gladbachers, for whom only Hofmann scored in stoppage time (90th + 1), have to regroup after the 0: 4 in the previous week at Bayer Leverkusen.
In front of 11,006 spectators in the An der Alten Försterei stadium, Hütter had to do without national player Matthias Ginter (Corona) as well as Stefan Lainer (ankle fracture) and Marcus Thuram (torn knee ligament), who were injured against Leverkusen. In the back four Jordan Beyer and Ramy Bensebaini jumped in – and got busy right away.
In the early stages, Bensebaini extended a cross to Union captain Christopher Trimmel (3rd). The Austrian just missed the second post. The teams neutralized each other for a while until Gladbach lost the ball in midfield and Unions Genki Haraguchi found Gießelmann with his cross from the right, who headed precisely.
Kruse on Awoniyi – great goal from Union
Gladbach remained far too harmless for a long time and let the hosts counter too often. After a perfect interaction with Max Kruse, Awoniyi turned goalkeeper Yann Sommer and casually pushed in.
Even after the break, Gladbach missed the accuracy of the offensive actions despite a lot of possession. Union stood low and defended the attempts of the guests cleanly away. Rather, Gießelmann (66th) put a header just wide, and Levin Öztunali spiked the ball very thinly past shortly afterwards. Gladbach tried his luck with long shots from Denis Zakaria (71st) and Neuhaus (72nd), but they went over it.
Union Berlin – Borussia Mönchengladbach: The lineups
Union Berlin – Borussia Mönchengladbach: The voices of the coach
Urs Fischer (Union Trainer): “When it comes to passion and will, you have to give the guys a big compliment. In the first half you saw the quality of the Gladbach team. We struggled. In the second half we checked. It is went optimally for us. The team deserved it with passion. “
Adi Hütter (Trainer Mönchengladbach): “The statistics are one thing. I think we played a really good game. Union did it really well. We tried to fight again at the end. But after three game days that is not enough, of course.”