Union Berlin win first ever Bundesliga match… and it’s against European giants Borussia Dortmund

1 Sep

It was an historic moment for Union Berlin as they claimed their first ever Bundesliga win in spectacular style by beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at the Alte Forsterei.

Marius Butler dared fans of the newly-promoted side to dream after giving them a shock lead midway through the first-half but Paco Alcacer got Dortmund level shortly afterwards.

Union Berlin emerged under their current name in 1966
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Bulter struck again five minutes after the resumption to restore Union’s advantage before Sebastian Andersson sealed a 3-1 win with a quarter of an hour remaining.

The defeat was Dortmund’s first of the season and their first in any competition since the end of April while Union were left toasting a memorable day in their 53-year history.

Dortmund had started their campaign by swatting aside Augsburg and Cologne and they had an opportunity to go top of the embryonic standings if they won by more than one goal in the German capital.

They started well enough but were unable to take advantage of Julian Brandt’s inviting ball across the area while Marco Reus went close with a free-kick.

Union’s joy is a setback for Dortmund’s title bid
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However, Neven Subotic, who made more than 250 appearances during a decade at Dortmund, headed fractionally wide as Union showed they would be no pushovers.

The noise levels in the stadium increased when the Union took the lead in the 22nd minute, Bulter tucking low past Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki following a free-kick into the area.

Union were pegged back three minutes later as Jadon Sancho’s perfectly-weighted ball into the area led to a sliding finish from Alcacer.

Sheraldo Becker narrowly failed to get on the end of Robert Andrich’s ball through, while at the other end an unmarked Reus saw his effort denied by Rafal Gikiewicz on the stroke of half-time.

Dortmund were forced into a change at the start of the second half because of a head injury to Thomas Delaney, the midfielder replaced by Mahmoud Dahoud.

They then fell behind again five minutes after the resumption, with Andersson skilfully going past Manuel Akanji and although Burki parried the Swede’s effort, Bulter was on hand to score on the rebound.

The stadium was in raptures by the time Andersson doubled their lead, scoring from close after being teed up by Becker, who had linked up well with Andrich in the build-up.

Union defended stoutly thereafter to keep chances at a premium to frustrate Dortmund on a forgettable night for last season’s runners-up.

Union Berlin fans storm pitch to celebrate first ever promotion to Bundesliga

28 May

Union Berlin fans invaded the pitch to celebrate their first ever promotion to the Bundesliga.

The German club finished the Bundesliga 2 season in third place to set up a play-off tie with Stuttgart, who ended their top flight campaign third from bottom.

Union Berlin fans, players and staff celebrated the club’s promotion together

After a 2-2 draw in the first leg, Union Berlin held on for a goalless stalemate at their home ground to win on away goals.

And fans stormed the pitch to celebrate with their heroes at full-time.

Union president Dirk Zingler, who was unable to hold back tears, said: “I’ve been in this club for 40 years.

“I’ve waited for this day for so long.”

Union’s promotion was even more impressive after overcoming World Cup winners Mario Gomez and Benjamin Pavard in a Stuttgart side which also had former Bayern Munich star Holger Badstuber in defence.

Union Berlin fans will get to see their team play in Germany’s top-flight for the first time ever

Union, who have had major financial problems in the past which saw fans donate blood to raise money for the club, will become the 56th team to play in the Bundesliga.

Manager Urs Fischer said: “The whole club did everything for this success.

“It was a great team performance, even if we had our problems in the first-half.

“But I always believed we would manage it.”

Now, Stuttgart, who appointed ex-Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat as the club’s sporting director last month, will attempt to win promotion to the Bundesliga next season.