The Berlin Union celebrated a furious comeback at the start of the new year in the Bundesliga and stopped its negative trend. Coach Urs Fischer’s side beat TSG Hoffenheim 3-1 (0-1) after falling behind, thanks to a double packer by Danilo Doekhi, and vaulted to a place in the Champions League.
In the cold and frosty temperatures of Köpenick, defender Doekhi (73’/90′) and Jamie Lewelling (90′ + 6′) ensured the success of the Berlin players in the 16th round, while Ihles Bebo (44′), who had been injured for a long time, scored for Hoffenheim. “It’s a great feeling, I can’t remember the last time I scored two goals in one game.”Al-Duwaikhi said.
Al-Ittihad remain unbeaten in the league after three league matches without a win at home, and Hoffenheim are stuck in the bottom-middle of the table after six matches without a win.
Ryerson’s departure ‘a painful setback’
The Kobenikers team only had to accept a “painful” setback in the battle for the European Cup places during the week with the departure of left-back Julian Ryerson to Borussia Dortmund, according to Fischer, and the coach relied on Nico Giselmann in the starting line-up.
According to media reports, Croatian Josip Juranović (27) from Scottish top club Celtic Glasgow is already approaching Berlin to fill in the full-back position. With a transfer fee of around eight million euros plus bonus payments, Juranović could rise to Köpenicker’s record transfer level.
The guests, who tried to dominate the game early on, set the tone in the first competitive game of the year. Young Tom Bischoff unhappily missed his first big chance from a few meters out (8th place). Then Berlin entered the match better, and Yannick Haberer shot from a promising position (20).
Siebatcheu Union hits the left post
Then the European Union neglected the biggest opportunity in the match: after a handball from Bebo in the penalty area, Sepacho hit the penalty kick at the left post (25). He had previously won an award in Cologne in September. “Iron” converted only one of five penalty kicks in the league so far this season.
TSG, who sold striker Georginho Ratter to England during the winter break for 40 million euros, played more actively until the end of the break and paid off. Robert Skov put the ball into the path of Pippo recovering from a knee injury who scored from the inside right to give the lead.
After changing sides, the Berliners defended themselves staunchly against the imminent defeat, but Robin Knucci (48) and captain Christopher Tremmel (55) missed out on a good position. Al-Ittihad then ran tirelessly and equalized through Doekhi, who scored again later on. Leveling scored in a counter-attack when TSG threw everything forward.
Hoffenheim welcomes Stuttgart
In the 17th round of the Bundesliga, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has a home challenge against VfB Stuttgart (Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 8:30 pm). A day later, things got serious for Union Berlin in Bremen (8:30 p.m.).