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Löwen secure point in Berlin
Nyman nets the equaliser
On Friday evening, in a highly tactical affair, Eintracht played out a 1-1 (0-0) draw away to 1. FC Union Berlin. The ‚Eisernen‘ took the lead at the stadium ‚An der Alten Försterei‘ through Simon Hedlund (52‘), but ten minutes later, Christoffer Nyman levelled for the Löwen.
Going into the tie, there was just one point between seventh placed Union Berlin and ninth placed Eintracht Braunschweig. For all of the Blau-Gelben determination to finally secure another victory, the visitors will have been aware that their last three outings away to Union ended in defeats with two-goal deficits. With the hosts having lost their last league game 2-3 away to Düsseldorf, Eintracht coach Torsten Lieberknecht prepared his men for a tough, physical battle.
The Löwen were without Hendrick Zuck, Julius Biada, Steve Breitkreuz and Patrick Schönfeld for the tie, however, Christoffer Nyman shook off a knock and was available for selection. Lieberknecht kept fate in the same eleven that began against SV Sandhausen. Union coach Jens Keller made one change to his midfield, with Marcel Hartel getting the nod ahead of Stephan Fürstner.
8th minute: Ken Reichel with the first attempt on goal for the Löwen. Cutting inside from the left wing, the captain tries his luck from 30 meters out, but fails to trouble Busk Jensen in the Union goal.
14th minute: Samson wins possession determinedly in midfield. The pass finds Abdullahi, who fires from the edge of the box, but proves well off target.
24th minute: Another good move by Eintracht. Samson sets Hernandez on his way. The number 23 drives from the centre to the right side of the box and guts a chipped cross goal-wards. Nyman is narrowly shy of making contact and the ball lands safely in Busk Jensen’s arms.
30th minute: Fortune favours the Eintracht. Kroos takes the Eintracht defence out with a wonderful true ball. Hedlund looks to square for Polter, but the ball eludes the striker and roles out of play.
32nd minute: Close call. A poor back-pass from Reichel to Fejzic is intercepted by Hedlund. Baffo races back to put in a challenge, under which the Berlin attacker takes a fall. Referee Storks is unimpressed and waves for play to continue.
Half-time: The first 45 minutes are completed. Eintracht were in control for much of the half and managed to create a number of promising, when not necessarily clear, openings. By the half-hour mark, the ‘Eisernen’ had the upper-hand and confined the play to the Blau-Gelben half of the pitch.
52nd minute: Goal by Simon Hedlund to make it 1-0 for Union Berlin. The hosts keep the ball within their ranks for a long period, as Eintracht struggle to win back possession, before Polter takes control and slots a ball through to Hedlund. The attacker drives into the space between Baffo and Reichel, to slot home and put the ‚Köpenicker‘ in the driving seat.
60th minute: A swipe by Boland is controlled by Abdullahi. The striker pushes the ball past Busk Jensen but then finds the angle has become too tight and can only find the side-netting.
62nd minute: GOOOAAALLL for Eintracht by Christoffer Nyman to level the scores at 1-1. A pass finds Khelifi on the left, where the wingers has the space to dribble his way into the penalty area and lay a pass across the face of the goal for Nyman, who has no problem slotting home at the back post. The hosts protest for an offside, but the line-man’s flag stays down. Tough one to see – but the equaliser stands.
72nd minute: The crossbar rescues the Löwen. Hartel measures up and sets his sights on the top corner, but sees his shot crash away off the aluminium. Subsequently, Gogia goes down in the Eintracht area, following a clash with Valsvik, but the referee is disinterested.
78th minute: Stunning stop by Fejzic! A delivery across the face of the goal find the unmarked Polter, who shoots on goal from close range, but the Eintracht keeper displays a stunning reflex to turn the ball around the post.
90th minute (+2): Chance on the brake for Kumbela. The substitute presses forward but is unable to make effective use of the opening.
The game at a glance:
1. FC Union Berlin
Busk - Trimmel, Leistner, Schönheim, Pedersen, Kroos (C) (69‘ Daube), Hartel (90‘ Hosiner), Kreilach, Gogia (73‘ Skrzybski), Polter, Hedlund
Fejzic - Becker, Baffo, Valsvik, Reichel (C), Samson, Boland, Khelifi, Hernandez, Abdullahi (83‘ Moll), Nyman (87‘ Kumbela)
1-0 Hedlund (52‘)
1-1 Nyman (62‘)
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