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WATCH: BECKER: "WE'RE PROUD TO BE TOP"

Full-time
90'
+ 4

GAME, SET AND MATCH

Union top the Bundesliga! Very able defending from today's visitors as Timo Hübers early own goal is enough for them to secure all three points against a 10-man Cologne.
90'

INTO ADDED TIME

Not long left in this one. 10-man Cologne are still pushing for an equaliser but time is running out.
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.
1.
Sheraldo Becker
Sheraldo Becker 34.45km/h
2.
Linton Maina
Linton Maina 33.79km/h
3.
Janik Haberer
Janik Haberer 32.54km/h
89'

Substitution

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Paul Seguin
Paul Seguin
sub
András Schäfer
András Schäfer
85'

ALL-OUT ADAMYAN

Summer signing Sargis Adamyan enters the fray. He scored his first Cologne goal last week and Steffen Baumgart will be hoping for another today from the Armenian.
85'

Substitution

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Sargis Adamyan
Sargis Adamyan
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Linton Maina
Linton Maina
82'

KILIAN OFF

His first yellow was slightly harsh in the opening 20 minutes but there's no complaints about the second. Cologne's task just got a harder as they're down to 10 men.
81'

Second yellow card

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Luca Kilian
Luca Kilian
79'

TEN TO GO

Plus stoppage time of course. Can Union hold on to their lead or will Cologne find an opening?
75'

CLOSE FROM PANTOVIC

Milos Pantovic loves a spectacular goal and he sends an effort just over the bar from outside the box.
75'

Substitution

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Sven Michel
Sven Michel
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Sheraldo Becker
Sheraldo Becker
75'

Substitution

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Kevin Behrens
Kevin Behrens
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Jordan
Jordan
75'

Substitution

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Jan Thielmann
Jan Thielmann
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Florian Kainz
Florian Kainz
73'

THIELMANN WARMING UP

Jan Thielmann is getting ready for Cologne as they try to find a goal from somewhere.
72'

Yellow card

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Kingsley Schindler
Kingsley Schindler
67'

DOUBLE THE EFFORTS

Union have had almost double the amount of efforts as Cologne in this match and their dominance has shown. Can they see this out?
Goal attempts
4 off target
2 on target
7 off target
2 on target
64'

Substitution

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Miloš Pantović
Miloš Pantović
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Janik Haberer
Janik Haberer
63'

UNION HEADING FOR THE TOP?

The team with the best unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga are less than 30 minutes from the top of the Bundesliga as things stand.
62'

Substitution

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Dejan Ljubicic
Dejan Ljubicic
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Kristian Pedersen
Kristian Pedersen
62'

Substitution

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Kingsley Schindler
Kingsley Schindler
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Benno Schmitz
Benno Schmitz
58'

TRIMMEL HITS THE BAR

Was it a cross? Was it a shot? Either way Christopher Trimmel has his hands on his head after almost finding the net with a curling effort that clips the woodwork and bounces back out into play.
57'

BECKER AND JORDAN COMBINE

Becker flicks the ball onto Jordan but the US international is just squeezed out and unable to add to Union's lead.
54'

TWO YELLOWS

Knoche and Pedersen go straight into the referee's book with some tough challenges flying in.
54'

Yellow card

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Kristian Pedersen
Kristian Pedersen
53'

Yellow card

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Robin Knoche
Robin Knoche
46'

BACK UNDERWAY

Tigges is on for Dietz for the second half with that being the only change at the break.
Kick-off!
45'
+ 4

Substitution

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Steffen Tigges
Steffen Tigges
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Florian Dietz
Florian Dietz
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GOOD TO SEE YOU BACK, TIMO!

Timo Baumgartl could make his way back onto the pitch for the first time since undergoing chemotherapy following his testicular cancer diagnosis. Expect a fitting and welcome from both sets of fans.
45'
+ 4

ACTION-PACKED HALF

Union take a one-goal cushion into the break with Urs Fischer's men coming straight out of the blocks in this one, catching Cologne napping in the opening moments of the match. Cologne have grown into the game but will need to pack more of a punch for the second half.
Half-time
45'

ABOUT RIGHT ACCORDING TO XG

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xGoals
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).
Union could have had two or three but the xG stats suggest that 0-1 sits about right as a scoreline for now.
xGoals
0
0.3
1.09
1
Goals
41'

KAINZ AND COLOGNE GROWING INTO THE GAME

It's was a nervy start to the half for Cologne with the usually impressive Florian Kainz silenced for much of the half. But he has grown into the game as the half has went on.
30'

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.
1.
Sheraldo Becker
Sheraldo Becker 34.45km/h
2.
Linton Maina
Linton Maina 32.74km/h
3.
Kristian Pedersen
Kristian Pedersen 31.43km/h
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MARVIN TO THE RESCUE

Cologne goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe keeps his cool to save and hold Jordan's effort from the penalty spot.
26'

TOPSY TURVY START FOR TIMO

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TOPSY TURVY START FOR TIMO
Despite a difficult start to the game for Timo Hübers he's the most efficient passer of the game so far.
Pass Efficiency
1.92
1.33
Timo Hübers
Julian Ryerson
1.5
1.3
Kristian Pedersen
Diogo Leite
0.91
1.14
Eric Martel
Jordan
15'

SHERALDO SO CLOSE TO SIX

Lovely attacking play from Union. The ball finds its way to Sheraldo Becker at a tight angle to the right of Marvin Schwäbe's net and the Suriname international hits a tidy finish for what he thinks is his sixth goal of the season - but VAR has a look and says 'No goal', with Becker a fraction offside when he received the ball. Tough break.
14'
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
Situation Goal
Review Offside?
Decision No goal
11'

MIGHTY MARVIN

A tough penalty decision to take as Killian was judged to have handled - although replays suggest it was contentious. The penalty effort from Jordan is tame as Cologne goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe dives low and holds the ball.
10'

Yellow card

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Luca Kilian
Luca Kilian
9'
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
Situation Penalty
Review Handball?
Decision Penalty
4'

WHAT A START!

Inside three minutes - Union have the lead! Debutant Lennart Grill sends a long ball to the left with Jordan picking the ball up and passing it to Becker. He tries an attempt with the ball ricocheting heavily off Timo Hübers and into the net.
3'

Timo Hübers

OWN GOAL!

0 : 1
Timo Hübers
Kick-off!

LET'S GO!

The sun's out and the noise is loud in Cologne as we get things underway in this one.

STREAKS TO BE BROKEN?

Cologne are unbeaten after five matches for the first time since 2016/17, with Steffen Baumgart's men enjoying a strong start to this year's campaign. Union can top the Bundesliga with a win today and Urs Fischer can celebrate the fact that his side are on the longest unbeaten run of any Bundesliga team.

MIXED FORTUNES IN MIDWEEK

Stefan Tigges - who is on the bench today - scored the opener for Cologne as they drew 1-1 in Nice, with the match overshadowed by crowd trouble during the Billygoats return to European football in the Conference League. Union meanwhile lost 1-0 on their travels to Union Saint-Gilloise in Brussels in the Europa League.

COLOGNE TEAM NEWS

Benno Schmitz is back for Cologne in defence. There's changes up top as Dietz, Pedersen, Maina join Florian Kainz to try and find an opening against the strongest Bundesliga backline as things stand.

UNION TEAM NEWS

It's a first start in goal for Leverkusen-loanee Lennart Grill. The German U21 international replaces the missing Frederik Rönnow between the sticks. Timo Baumgartl is back on the bench for Union following successful chemotherapy since his testicular cancer diagnosis.

COLOGNE STARTING XI

Schwäbe - Schmitz, Kilian, Hübers, Pedersen - Martel, Skhiri, Hector (c) – Maina, Dietz, Kainz

COLOGNE SUBS

Horn, Soldo, Ljubicic, Huseinbasic, Schindler, Duda, Tigges, Adamyan, Thielmann

UNION STARTING XI

Grill - Jaeckel, Knoche, Leite - Trimmel (c), Schäfer, Khedira, Haberer, Ryerson - Becker, Jordan

UNION SUBS

Busk, Michel, Seguin, Behrens, Skarke, Gießelmann, Baumgartl, Pantovic, Leweling

WELCOME!

Sunday's Matchday 6 action is here! Welcome to the RheinEnergieStadion, where Cologne host Union Berlin.
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