In a dramatic game at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, Union Berlin came from behind to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1. The visitors opened the scoring from a Nico Elvedi header after Sheraldo Becker had a goal ruled out for handball.
Union had always looked in control of the match and that was rewarded after they finally equalised in the 77th minute through a Kevin Behrens header. Christopher Trimmel would then have a goal ruled out again for offside before in the 97th minute and with the last kick of the game, Danilho Doekhi headed in a winner to send Urs Fischer’s Union top again.
Will Union Berlin ever stop
With the win Union Berlin overtook Bayern Munich to go top of the league once again. It is a fairy-tale story that a club the size of Union has not only managed to maintain this form and their position in the table but doing so while competing in the Europa League as well. The constant Thursday-Sunday schedule would normally take its toll on the players, but that has yet to happen.
During the game, Union did not show any sign of fatigue either. They were better than Gladbach throughout and the goal they conceded came from a corner. How long Union can keep overperforming nobody knows but no one would complain if they did the impossible.
Gladbach need more depth
If Daniel Farke’s Gladbach want to continue to push for the top four they need greater depth in their squad. Now, Gladbach find themselves in a midst of an injury crisis with the likes of Yann Sommer, Ko Itakura, Florian Neuhaus and Jonas Hofmann all out injured and the lack of options they have below them is minimal.
The players Gladbach subbed on during the game were Patrick Herrmann, Tony Jantschke, Luca Netz and Yvandro Borges Sanches, a mixture of young players and players who best to say past their best and that showed. Gladbach need to try and address this as at times this season they have shown their potential but with a small squad they will not be able to achieve this.
GGFN | Jack Meenan