Union Berlin loses sight of Europe


Max Kruse was still thinking a bit about his former teammates.

“In the end, a point would have been fair for Union, too,” said the striker after his VfL Wolfsburg’s flattering 1-0 (0-0) win in the Bundesliga against his former employer from Berlin.

The pity of the former striker, who left a gap in the Berlin offensive with his move to Wolfsburg, should be no consolation for Union. The Köpenickers were the stronger team in the second half and clearly superior in shots on goal, possession, passes and running distance. “It’s crazy that we don’t win this game,” said midfielder Grischa Prömel.

The concept of “madness” seems to have found its way into the dressing room of the Berliners. Coach Urs Fischer, who described the whole thing as a “spent afternoon”, also used it after the game: “It’s actually crazy. You don’t take anything with you and you score the goal for Wolfsburg yourself. It’s really very tough.”

It was not the ex-striker and Neu-Wolfsburger Kruse who annoyed Union with a goal, but attacker Taiwo Awoniyi scored the decisive goal of the game with his own goal in the header.

Again without a goal

For the fourth time in the five games since Kruse left, Union lost without a goal of their own. So it will be nothing with the renewed leap into a European competition.

Above all, Fischer’s team has to be accused of the lack of opportunities. The guests put twelve shots wide of the goal, only five had to be grabbed by VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

Substitute Andreas Voglsammer, who secured a ticket to the semi-finals of the DFB Cup with his 2-1 win over FC St. Pauli, also missed good chances after coming on. “We kept playing against the Wolfsburg goal, I don’t even know how many chances we had. That’s why it’s so annoying,” said Prömel.

Whistle against Kruse

VfL coach Florian Kohfeldt also described the third league win this year as happy for his Wolfsburg team. “I thought we were better in the first half, we had a few chances. Union were clearly the better team in the second half,” he said.

At least ex-striker Kruse didn’t cause more trouble for Union fans with his own goal. However, the supporters did not hide their dissatisfaction with the change of the former goalscorer and he was loudly whistled when the name was read out.

Union coach Fischer, who is said to have had some differences with Kruse, commented on the reunion soberly: “We ran into each other, I met him in the dressing room and we exchanged ideas accordingly.”



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