Fürth - Greuther Fürth lost ground on Bundesliga 2 leaders 1. FC Köln after being held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to 1. FC Union Berlin.

Before the game, the hosts‘ Florian Trinks was awarded a medal for fair play following his voluntary admission of a handball at SV Sandhausen earlier in the season, but it was the visitors that grabbed the initiative in the first half, with Sören Brandy bravely heading home the opener from Torsten Mattuschka’s free-kick.

Fürth were unbeaten in their previous four, however, and drew level just before the hour-mark when Ilir Azemi headed in from close range. Frank Schäfer's men then pushed for a second but were thwarted by a determined Union defence, with Mergim Mavraj also seeing red for a second bookable offence late on. The point leaves the Bavarians three adrift of leaders Köln, who play on Monday, while Berlin move up to sixth, albeit potentially temporarily.

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