The surprise team Union Berlin is still on course for the European Cup in the Bundesliga. Passionate Köpenickers won the duel with their direct rival and promoted VfB Stuttgart 2-1 (2-0). With 43 points now, Union is still fully involved in the race for Europe five game days before the end of the season.
Grischa Prömel (20th) and Petar Musa (43th) shot the Berliners for the tenth win of the current season, Philipp Förster (49th) shortened for the guests.
The seventh place in the table, which was already booked before the game, could be enough for Union to participate in the new Conference League. The Europa League is also still within reach.
Before the game, Union coach Urs Fischer had expressed his European Cup ambitions for the first time more clearly, after only relegation had counted for a long time. “The incentive to qualify for international business is there,” said the Swiss.
In Stuttgart, the striker Sasa Kalajdzic (14 goals this season), who was recently questioned because of ankle problems, was able to participate in Berlin. Kalajdzic, who is technically resourceful for his size of two meters, was noticed again and again at the beginning, although both teams found it difficult to create opportunities in the early stages. The defensive lines were organized.
Union Berlin: Prömel hits with a diving header
But the hosts scored the goal – with their first sensible attack. That one went after a strong pass from Christian Gentner over captain Christopher Trimmel, who found Prömel from the right side of the penalty area with a buttery cross in the middle. The midfielder hit a diving header in his 100th game for the Köpenicker.
After the deficit, there was too little offensively from Stuttgart, but Union remained merciless. Shortly before the break, the Berliners took advantage of another mistake on the right Stuttgart side, Trimmel took off and laid flat inside, where Musa only had to push in. It took some clear words from VfB coach Pellegrino Matarazzo at halftime to wake Stuttgart up.