Bundesliga: Points record for FCU – Werder in crisis

Points record and Bayern hunter number one: Union Berlin wins 2-1 at Werder Bremen and stays on the heels of the record champions.

Urs Fischer happily high-fived his players, the new Bayern hunters were celebrated by the fans who had traveled with them – while Niclas Füllkrug and Co. sneaked into the dressing room, the club from the capital enjoyed the moment. Union Berlin won at the end of the first half of the season, not undeservedly, 2-1 (1-1) at Werder Bremen and, as second in the table, has only three points less than record champions Bayern Munich.

“We have to remain humble, but it was a great first half of the season,” said Unions Rani Khedira on Sky and spoke of a “battle with Bayern”. For Fischer it was the 50th win in 119 Bundesliga games. Janik Haberer (18′) and Kevin Behrens (46′) turned the game around with their goals. For Bremen, who presented themselves better overall four days after the 1:7 debacle at 1. FC Köln, the interim lead by Amos Pieper (14th) was not enough.

“It’s a bit like between heaven and hell, it’s my very clear mistake. Played too badly,” said Pieper, who had initiated the equalizer with an unsuccessful back pass.

Union, second in the table, now has 33 points on their account, more than ever before in the first half of the season. For Werder it was the fourth bankruptcy in a row, the promoted team is stuck in no man’s land in the table.

Union Berlin takes advantage of Bremen’s mistakes

“It’s a bit like between heaven and hell, it’s my very clear mistake. Played too badly,” said Pieper, who had initiated the equalizer with an unsuccessful back pass.

Union, second in the table, now has 33 points on their account, more than ever before in the first half of the season. For Werder it was the fourth bankruptcy in a row, the promoted team is stuck in no man’s land in the table.

“We overlook Bremen’s last game, a lot just went wrong there,” Fischer said before the game. The Swiss inoculated his team not to underestimate the Hanseatic League despite their desolate performance in Cologne and immediately put his trust in new signing Josip Juranovic three days after his commitment.

And Werder should agree with Fischer right from the start. After a free kick by Marvin Ducksch, Pieper headed in from close range. But the lead didn’t give the Hanseatic League security for long, and Pieper just blundered with a very bad back pass shortly afterwards – Haberer took advantage of the misfortune coldly.

But overall, Werner’s team, who only changed his starting eleven in two positions compared to the Cologne debacle, showed a different face. Of course not everything worked again, but Union seemed quite impressed. When Sheraldo Becker scored a dream goal shortly before the break, the home side were “lucky” after the goal was withdrawn due to a handball after video evidence.

Werder was always dangerous, but Union took advantage of mistakes ice cold. 51 seconds after the restart, Behrens was simply much more alert than the entire Bremen defense at a corner.

Niclas Füllkrug and Co. didn’t give up, Werder tried everything – and so it remained exciting until the end.

Werder Bremen – Union Berlin: The data for the game

Bremen: Pavlenka – Pieper (77th Veljkovic), Stark, Friedl – Gruev (87th Dinkci) – Weiser, Jung (71st Buchanan) – Bittencourt, Schmidt (77th Stage) – Füllkrug, Ducksch (77th Burke). – Coach: Werner

Union Berlin: Rönnow – Doekhi, Knoche, Leite – Juranovic, Khedira, Gießelmann (88 Roussillon) – Haraguchi (73 Seguin), Haberer (84 Schäfer) – Becker (84 Leweling), Behrens (73 Jordan). – Coach: Fisherman

Referee: Bastian Dankert (Rostock)

Gates: 1-0 Pieper (14′), 1-1 Haberer (18′), 1-2 Behrens (46′)

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