Highlights

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WATCH: GRIFO: "IT'S NOT EASY TO TAKE TWO PENALTIES IN ONE MATCH"

90'
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FREIBURG GO SECOND!

The damage was done in the first 20 minutes of this game thanks to Grifo’s hat-trick, with Freiburg shifting down a couple of gears after the break to see the result over the line. That’s it for Bundesliga action this year – we’ll be back in January!
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90'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
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Christian Günter
Christian Günter 33.45km/h
2.
Sheraldo Becker
Sheraldo Becker 32.88km/h
3.
Yannik Keitel
Yannik Keitel 32.75km/h
88'

JUST WIDE!

Sallai meets Günter's cross from the left first time but his shot whistles just wide of the near post.
85'

UNION PULL ONE BACK!

Michel converts from the spot to give the Union fans something to cheer about!
84'

Sven Michel

GOAL!

4 : 1
Sven Michel
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
77 %
83'

PENALTY TO UNION

A foul in the box and Union have a chance for a consolation!
81'

SYMBOLIC PASS

Gießelmann, under no pressure on the left, tries to switch play to the opposite side of the pitch. His miscues it though and the ball goes nowhere near a teammate and out for a Freiburg throw-in. It just about sums up their evening.
79'

Yellow card

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Miloš Pantović
Miloš Pantović
77'

Substitution

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Niko Gießelmann
Niko Gießelmann
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Julian Ryerson
Julian Ryerson
77'

ALL CHANGE

Both teams make two substitutions for the last few minutes. Union will no doubt be pleased to see the back of Grifo.
77'

Substitution

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Miloš Pantović
Miloš Pantović
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Janik Haberer
Janik Haberer
76'

Substitution

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Lucas Höler
Lucas Höler
sub
Vincenzo Grifo
Vincenzo Grifo
76'

Substitution

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Wooyeong Jeong
Wooyeong Jeong
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Ritsu Dōan
Ritsu Dōan
75'

IMPRESSIVE STAMINA

Considering Union have had a man less on the pitch for the majority of the game, they've collectively almost covered the same amount of ground as their hosts.
Distance run (km)
91.5
89.7
71'

CHANCE FOR UNION!

Their best of the game so far. Grifo gives the ball away cheaply in midfield and the visitors break forward at pace. A cross from the right finds substitute Thorsby in the middle and he controls it brilliantly before shooting on the turn from 12 yards. It's straight at Flekken though, and the Freiburg goalkeeper makes the save.
69'

UNION BEWARE

As one of three subs, the Bundesliga's record supersub Nils Petersen takes to the pitch. He's got 33 goals off the bench in his career so far.
69'

Substitution

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Maximilian Eggestein
Maximilian Eggestein
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Nicolas Höfler
Nicolas Höfler
69'

Substitution

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Nils Petersen
Nils Petersen
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Michael Gregoritsch
Michael Gregoritsch
69'

Substitution

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Roland Sallai
Roland Sallai
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Lukas Kübler
Lukas Kübler
65'

MAKING THE BALL DO THE WORK...

... and Union.
Possession (%)
6832
62'

A FOR EFFORT

Ryerson tries to make something happen down the Union left as he sprints forward with purpose. Freiburg are in no mood to allow their guests a sniff of a chance though, and he's swiftly hounded off the ball by three defenders.
60'

DOUBLE CHANGE FOR UNION

Some fresh legs for the visitors for the final 30 minutes.
60'

Substitution

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Sven Michel
Sven Michel
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Kevin Behrens
Kevin Behrens
60'

Substitution

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Morten Thorsby
Morten Thorsby
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Genki Haraguchi
Genki Haraguchi
56'

OPENING FOR KÜBLER

Grifo plays the ball into Kübler's run down the right, but his low cross into the middle is plucked out of the air at the near post by Grill.
53'

NO WAY THROUGH

Union have only had one attempt at goal all game - and Freiburg goalkeeper Flekken was not called to intervene.
Goal attempts
1 off target
5 on target
1 off target
0 on target
50'

FREIBURG IN CONTROL

As you'd expect against 10 men, the hosts are seeing far more of the ball right now and are patiently probing for openings, shifting the ball from one side of the pitch to the other in a bid to tire their visitors out.
46'

SECOND HALF UNDER WAY

The ball is rolling again in Freiburg. No changes for the hosts but Union are going for damage limitation after taking off Becker and bringing on Jaeckel at the break.
Kick-off!
45'
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Substitution

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Paul Jaeckel
Paul Jaeckel
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Sheraldo Becker
Sheraldo Becker
Half-time
45'
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WHAT A HALF!

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more eventful opening to a game anywhere. Three goals, three penalties – two scored, one missed – a sending off all inside 20 minutes. Gregoritsch’s goal on the strike of half-time has made any Union hopes of a comeback all the more unlikely in the second half.
45'
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FOUR FOR FREIBURG!

Lovely work from Doan, who draws a handful of defenders towards him inside the Union area before playing it to his left to Gregoritsch. The Austrian forward dinks the ball over Grill and into the net!
45'
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Michael Gregoritsch

GOAL!

4 : 0
Michael Gregoritsch
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
37 %
43'

FREIBURG GOING SECOND

If the result holds - which you think it should as they're 3-0 up at home against 10 men - then the home side will be in second place over the winter break, four points behind Bayern and two ahead of Leipzig.
40'

HISTORY MADE

Never before in Bundesliga history have three penalties been awarded in the first 20 minutes of a game.
38'

AHEAD OF THE CURVE

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The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
Freiburg have been in the zone so far today...
xGoals
3
2.43
0.77
3
Goals
34'

SILDILLIA BLOCKED

Günter's cross from the left is only half-cleared to the edge of the Union area. Sildillian strikes it well on the volley but the ball can't make it through a crowd of legs.
30'

DOAN MAKING MISCHEIF

The Japanese attacker again makes a nuisance of himself down the right, jinking his way forward before cutting inside and drilling a low shot towards the near post. Grill is alert though, and saves well.
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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
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Ritsu Doan
Ritsu Doan 32.71km/h
2.
Kevin Behrens
Kevin Behrens 32.06km/h
3.
Diogo Filipe Monteiro Pinto Leite
Diogo Filipe Monteiro Pinto Leite 31.78km/h
28'

GAME MANAGEMENT

Freiburg are playing keep-ball right now, aware that they don't need to push for another goal. Union are just chasing shadows at the moment and will need to be careful not to come away with an even heavier defeat.
25'

RUTHLESSLY EFFICIENT

Three shots, three goals for Freiburg so far.
Goal attempts
0 off target
3 on target
1 off target
0 on target
21'

GRIFO HAT-TRICK!!

The midfielder gets his third of the game, and second from the spot!
20'

Vincenzo Grifo

GOAL!

3 : 0
Vincenzo Grifo
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
77 %
19'

ANOTHER PENALTY TO FREIBURG!

Doan darts into the box, he's too quick for Leite, and goes down under the defender's challenge. Referee Aytekin points straight to the spot and shows Leite a straight red card as the last defender.
19'

Red card

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Diogo Leite
Diogo Leite
14'

ODDS ON

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ODDS ON
Freiburg's chances of victory looked good even at kick-off, but barring an epic Union comeback they're virtually ensured all three points now!
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43.9 %
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89.2 %
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DOUBLE DOUBLE

This is the second time this season that Grifo has registered a brace, and third overall in the Bundesliga.
10'

OFF THE POST!

Flekken guesses the right way - low to his right - but Knoche's spot-kick has too much power on it for him to reach. The Freiburg goalkeeper can still breathe a sigh of relief though, as the ball strikes the base of the upright and bounces clear!
9'

PENALTY TO UNION!

Knoche to take after a foul on Becker!
9'

ON A ROLL

Grifo now has eight goals in 15 league appearances this term - a career best for the midfielder.
6'

GRIFO AT THE DOUBLE!

What is going on?! Freiburg launch a textbook counterattack, with Grifo exchanging passes with Gregoritsch before tapping in at the back post!
6'

Vincenzo Grifo

GOAL!

2 : 0
Vincenzo Grifo
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
86 %
4'

GRIFO BURIES IT!

A dream start for the home side, with Grifo sending Grill the wrong way from the spot for his seventh goal of the season!
4'

Vincenzo Grifo

GOAL!

1 : 0
Vincenzo Grifo
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
77 %
3'

PENALTY TO FREIBURG!

After a VAR intervention, the referee checks his pitch-side monitor for a potential handball against Trimmel from Günter's cross for Doan just now.
1'

FIRST CHANCE!

Doan ghosts into the Union box unmarked and launches himself at a cross from the left, but his diving header is straight at Grill.
1'

HERE WE GO!

The visitors get the final Bundesliga game of 2022 up and running!
Kick-off!

TEAMS ON THE PITCH

We're moments away from kick-off now as the players line-up to shake hands.
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WATCH: FREIBURG PITCH INSPECTION

TEAM NEWS - FREIBURG

Christian Streich has also made two changes to his team following the defeat by Leipzig on Wednesday. Grifo returns to the line-up in place of Jeong, while Eggestein is given a breather in central midfield. He's replaced by Keitel, who makes his fourth start of the season.
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WATCH: HERE'S HOW UNION ARRIVED A SHORT WHILE AGO

TEAM NEWS - UNION

The visitors have made two changes following their 2-2 draw with Augsburg in midweek: Trimmel comes in for Gießelmann, with Haraguchi replacing the suspended Khedira and making his first start in over a month.

FREIBURG STARTING XI

Flekken - Kübler, Ginter, Lienhart - Sildillia, Keitel, Höfler, Günter (c) - Doan, Gregoritsch, Grifo

FREIBURG SUBS

Uphoff, Schlotterbeck, Sallai, Jeong, Weißhaupt, Eggestein, Petersen, Schade, Höler

UNION STARTING XI

Grill - Doekhi, Knoche, Leite - Trimmel (c), Seguin, Haberer, Haraguchi, Ryerson - Becker, Behrens

UNION SUBS

Busk, Thorsby, Jaeckel, Michel, Gießelmann, Pantovic, Kemlein, Leweling, Jordan
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THE VIEW FROM FREIBURG

Much like Sunday's opponents, Freiburg have gone from strength to strength throughout 2022, and will be desperate to give their supporters one final celebration at the Europa-Park Stadion. In his pre-match press conference, Christian Streich stated, “We go into the game with joy and the conviction that we can get a good result. We've experienced so much – even a game from March feels like it was three years ago.”
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THE VIEW IN BERLIN

As the sun sets on Union's historic year, in which they achieved their highest-ever Bundesliga finish and reached the knockout stages of a European competition for the first time, Urs Fischer is demanding one final intense effort before the winter break. “Now, we need to tackle the task with everything we have. Our attitude will be particularly important”, he said.
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THE TREATMENT ROOM

Union are missing just three players for their trip to the Black Forest. Frederik Ronnow and András Schäfer were always going to miss this match, but the absence of midfielder Rani Khedira, who picked his fifth yellow card of the season in midweek against Augsburg, will be a big blow to Fischer given his impressive displays this campaign. Freiburg will have to wait on the fitness of Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, Jonathan Schmid and Manuel Gulde, although Roland Sallai's face mask will allow him to be in contention despite recently undergoing an operation on his eye socket.

A BATTLE OF DEFENSES

Although Freiburg and Union have not exactly been goal-shy this season, the outcome of this match could be decided by the respective backlines. Only league-leaders Bayern have conceded less, while no other team in the top flight outside of the Bavarians and the two other high-flyers have shipped less than 20 goals. Union's 5-0 defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen and Freiburg's loss by the same scoreline versus Bayern Munich are anomalies – neither team have otherwise conceded more than two times in a single match, and they have kept 13 league clean sheets between them.
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UNION HELD LAST TIME OUT

The Berliners had Becker and Behrens on target against Augsburg in midweek but Union were ultimately held to a 2-2 draw,

THE HISTORY

These two sides have not met each other often – in fact, this will only be their 12th meeting. The 'Eisernen' have come out on top more frequently, winning five times to Freiburg's two. Union's 4-1 victory in May last season was emphatic, and came at a particularly inopportune moment for Freiburg. The humbling at the hands of the Urs Fischer and Co was one of their last two games of the campaign, both of which were lost, as they slipped out of the top four and ultimately finished in sixth, one spot behind Union.

THE FORM BOOK

Both teams have performed beyond even the wildest expectations of their supporters this term. On Matchday six, Union Berlin moved to the summit of the Bundesliga for the first time in their history, and stayed there until Matchday 13. Despite failing to win either of their previous two games, they sit second in the table, one place above Freiburg. The 'Breisgau Brasilianer' came within a whisker of Champions League qualification last season and also lost the DFB Pokal final on penalties, but instead of feeling sorry for themselves, they have pushed on this time around. Christian Streich's side have suffered only three defeats and look a good bet for a top-four spot come the end of the campaign.
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WATCH: GET READY FOR FREIBURG VS. UNION!