Conference League – Maccabi Haifa vs. Union Berlin 0: 1: Iron prevent premature exit from the European Cup

Not nice, but successful: After the lackluster job victory, Max Kruse and Co. celebrated the realization that Union Berlin’s European Cup adventure is not over yet with the 600 or so fans who traveled with them. With the laborious 1-0 (1-0) away win at Maccabi Haifa, the team of coach Urs Fischer prevented the premature end in the group phase and fought for a “final” to the group final.

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“We wanted a final in two weeks and we have that now,” said striker Kruse: “We’re glad we won. That’s all that counts today.” The ex-national player also praised the “brilliant” support of his own fans.

Defender Julian Ryerson scored the winning goal in the 66th minute, a disappointing Unioner for a long time. In the last preliminary round game in two weeks at home against Slavia Prague, the iron can push the Czechs with a win from second place in the table. But this requires a better performance than in the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, in which Union was never able to build on the strong idea of ​​the derby victory five days earlier against Hertha BSC (2-0).

In the run-up to the guest performance in Israel, a Union delegation led by President Dirk Zingler visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. In the first leg two months ago in Berlin, there were anti-Semitic incidents of a few fans, whereupon Union was punished by UEFA with a partial exclusion of spectators.

Haifa – Union: The lineups

Fischer had demanded that his team had to act with a “certain coolness” despite the pressure situation. But at first the Unioners took it a little too loosely. For a long time, there was hardly anything to be seen of the strength of the duels and willingness to run, which otherwise characterize the team. In addition, mistakes and lack of concentration crept into the game structure. Attacker Taiwo Awoniyi, who has already scored eight goals in the league, was mostly suspended in the air.

The second half began with a chance for Haifa, which Julian Ryerson thwarted with his last effort (47th). Then Union woke up, however, a long-range shot from Max Kruse (56th) heralded the urge phase. The substitution of Sheraldo Becker also turned out to be a stroke of luck, the Dutchman was not only an invigorating element in the preparatory work for the 1-0 lead.

Haifa: 44 Cohen – 25 Meir, 5 Planic, 55 Gershon, 3 Goldberg from 85. Levi – 8 Haziza from 70. Tawatha, 14 Jose Rodriguez, 16 Abu Fani from 61. Ali Mohamed – 10 Chery, 21 David from 70. Sahar, 11 Donyoh from 61. Atzily. – Trainer: Bakhar

Union Berlin: 19 Rönnow – 5 Friedrich, 31 Knoche, 25 Baumgartl – 6 Ryerson from 86. Jaeckel, 8 Khedira, 26 Puchacz from 63. Gießelmann – 24 Haraguchi from 64. Prömel, 30 Möhwald from 64. Becker – 10 Kruse, 14 Awoniyi from 74. Voglsammer. – Trainer: fisherman

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