Union Berlin claimed one other big-name casualty as their extraordinary Bundesliga season continues. This time it was the flip of Bayer Leverkusen to style defeat at Union, whose hero was virtually the villain. It isn’t typically substituted substitute is the hero. On an evening when Union Berlin’s exceptional season hit new heights, Cedric Teuchert emerged because the hero when he’d seemed like being the autumn man.
Teuchert, a primary half substitute for the injured Sheraldo Becker, emerged as Union’s chief aim menace – and when he went clear via 5 minutes into the second half, all the pieces stood nonetheless for a second. With solely goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky to beat, Teuchert’s shot hit each posts, cannoning off the within of the right-hand submit and spinning alongside the goalline onto the opposite earlier than rolling away. It was as shut as Teuchert might have gotten with out scoring, however his missed probability was the one clear lower opening on an evening once they had been at a premium.
With the sport drifting in direction of a stalemate, Teuchert elevated himself to hero standing. Once more confronted with a one-on-one with Hradecky, who was this time furiously backpedaling, Teuchert this time had two Leverkusen defenders for firm. However the former Schalke ahead stored his cool and compelled the ball via Hradecky and into the again of the online.
Leverkusen be a part of Dortmund Union coach Urs Fischer determined that Teuchert’s work was achieved and subbed the sub earlier than the restart as he seemed to guard a treasured lead for the ultimate couple of minutes. However there was to be no fightback from Leverkusen, whose fleeting title problem is shortly receding following 4 video games and not using a win having began the season with a run of 12 video games unbeaten.
If it is of any comfort to Leverkusen – and it will not be – they don’t seem to be the primary huge crew to return unstuck on this nook of East Berlin. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have each did not win on the Stadion An der Alten Försterei up to now month, with Union making it a cauldron – even with out their boisterous house assist.
Nonetheless, the evening was soured considerably by Leverkusen midfielder Nadiem Amiri’s claims through teammate Jonathan Tah’s post-match feedback that he suffered racist abuse from a Union participant. Germany worldwide Amiri was remonstrating with some Union gamers at full time following an incident that appeared to happen simply after Union had scored.
If Union followers are allowed to return this season they are going to discover a crew that has made their stadium a cauldron and a membership, that for now not less than, finds itself within the Champions League locations and only a level behind the crew which have develop into their newest big-name scalp.