Cologne vs Union Berlin
Both the hosts and visitors went into this fixture, undefeated in the league. Therefore, both teams knew picking up a win in this fixture would be an uphill task.
The contest witnessed an early breakthrough as Hubers scored an own goal in the 3rd minute. The hosts tried to get back into the contest, only in vain.
The final nail in the coffin came, when Kilian was ent off in the 81st minute. This sealed a 1-0 win for Union.
Cologne vs Union Berlin: Match report
Full time score: Cologne 1-0 Union Berlin
1. FC Köln: Schwäbe – Schmitz (Schindler 62), Kilian, Hübers, Pedersen (Ljubicic 62) – Skhiri, Martel – Maina (Adamyan 85), Hector (K), Kainz (Thielmann 75) – Dietz ( 46. Tigges)
1. FC Union Berlin: Grill – Diogo Leite, Knoche, Jaeckel – Trimmel, R. Khedira, Ryerson – Haberer (Pantovic 64), Schäfer (Seguin 89) – Siebatcheu (Behrens 75), Becker (Michel 75)
Goal: 0: 1 Hübers (ET)
Yellow cards: Pedersen, Schindler, McKenna, Baumgart – Knoche
Yellow-red card: Kilian
Referee: Benjamin Cortus (Röthenbach ad Pegnitz)
Post match reaction
Steffen Baumgart: “Congratulations to Union on a deserved win. I haven’t seen a team play as well in Cologne for a long time as Union did in the first 30 minutes. Our plan didn’t work out. Jonas Hector acted on the ten because we expected Union to act deeper. That wasn’t the case, it didn’t work. That was due to the way Union played. We should learn to recognize when an opponent does well. I had the feeling that my boys threw everything in. We have some young players in the team, Union were more ripped off. I find it difficult to award the penalty because Luca had his back to the ball. The yellow card really annoys me because it ended up being sent off.”
Timo Hubers:”We’re a bit exhausted because we ran at full speed again after the yellow-red card. I haven’t seen the own goal yet. It was super unlucky, the ball just missed the post. It sucks, but it’s still part of it. I have to say that it was really difficult for us to get in. We played 80 minutes against Union and then of course they are good. We didn’t manage to get out and put the balls in the box properly. But we also had one or two good chances. If we’re lucky we’ll score a goal there, but we don’t have it. When it comes to dedication and passion, you can’t fault us. If we continue to go onto the pitch with the mentality and passion and then act a bit better in terms of play, then things will look different again very quickly.”