Bundesliga: Iron bar against compact FCA

AFC Augsburg didn’t make it either. 1. FC Union Berlin cannot be beaten in Bundesliga home games. Within a year, the Eiserne have not granted any of the 17 opponents a three in the stadium at the Alte Försterei.

Against FC Augsburg, which was the last visiting club to win in Berlin-Koepenick 357 days ago, Union came to a hard-fought 0-0 on Saturday in front of 10,207 spectators.

Before the first European Cup group game in the Conference League at Slavia Prague on Thursday, coach Urs Fischer’s team continued a series. In addition to the total of 19 Bundesliga home games, Union has been unbeaten in three competitions in nine games across all seasons.

Fear opponent Augsburg?

The iron bar should now also hold internationally. Augsburg is waiting for a sense of achievement after four season games in the Bundesliga. The 3: 1 in Berlin from last year has almost been forgotten. Augsburg, a feared opponent? In spite of the vaguely negative memories, Fischer hadn’t wanted to go that far.

That the FCA was better than the table, the iron coach saw this prognosis confirmed. Compact and strong in combat, the Bavarian Swabians adopted the style of play required in the Alte Försterei. Florian Niederlechner tested his former teammate Andreas Luthe for the first time in the Union goal after five minutes.

On the other hand, the ex-Union goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz was attentive when Niko Gießelmann (9th) tried from close range. When the left-back hit the inside post shortly afterwards (11th), the Polish goalkeeper, who was greeted with whistles and applause on his return to Berlin, would have had no chance.

Body-focused defense work

Luthe (31./33.) Was responsible for the spectacular parades. He fished a shot from Amaral Iago out of the corner, after the following corner he defused the attempt by Reece Oxford worth seeing. The Berliners did not find their unpleasant switching game. Neither Taiwo Awoniyi nor Max Kruse, who was unusually imprecise in his passes, liked the physical defensive work.

Niederlechner (47th) also had the first opportunity in the second half with a diving header. And anyway, the game went on pretty much identically. Lots of duels, lots of positional play in midfield – and an aluminum goal for Union. This time Marvin Friedrich (64th) put a header on the crossbar.

The next parallel: Luthe saved against Oxford (66th) from close range. But Gikiewicz also had his moment, who parried strongly against Awoniyi and Andreas Voglsammer (75th) within a few seconds.

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