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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN; THE LEAGUE LEADERS
Union Berlin climb back to the top of the table, still unbeaten and with the league's deadliest attacking duo.
Only Bayern Munich (19) have scored more goals this season than Union's 15, of which nine have come from the guys who just left the field.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Micky van de Ven 34.52km/h
Sheraldo Becker 34.36km/h
Omar Marmoush 33.64km/h
The Bundesliga's deadliest duo leave the field the way they have demolished Wolfsburg today - together. The whole stadium is on its feet, as the groundskeeper furiously looks for the number of that roof contractor. It's coming off.
12 off target
4 on target
4 off target
0 on target
The referee confirms Becker's control was legitimate, and the goal stands! Union heading back to the top of the table!
COOL AS A CUCUMBER
That, ladies and gentlemen, is why Becker is top of the scoring charts with six goals for the season. He takes a lofted pass from Seguin down on his chest and side-foots it in... but the referee wants to have a closer look at his control of the ball...
TOP, TOP, TOP, TOP, TOP OF THE LEAGUE!
Review Previous handball?
GOAL!2 : 0
ANOTHER CHANCE GOES BEGGING
Jordan has a shot blocked, leaving a bruise on a Wolfsburg defender's thigh, and Thorsby is there to pick up the pieces and place a shot just wide of the post. A good opportunity to double their lead goes begging.
JUGGLING EUROPE WELL
Distance run (km)
3.2% WIN PROBABILITY
Can Wolfsburg prove the statistics wrong? With a quarter of the game to go, they have a win probability similar to a pretty weak alcoholic beverage.
Union have now scored four headed goals this season, with Jordan nodding in half of them. Only Werder Bremen (5) have more headed goals this term.
IS THERE ANYTHING HE CANNOT DO?
Fastest runner (km/h)
Sheraldo Becker Micky van de Ven
TOP OF THE CHARTS
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ALL GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES!
After going close twice, Jordan stoops to head in from close range and give Union the lead. Fine cross from Becker - what a partnership!
GOAL!1 : 0
That was very, very close! A Low drive from the edge of the area spins away from goal and zips past the post, taking a lick of paint off the outside of it.
Another big chance for Jordan, who hooks a near-post effort over. Like in the first half, Union have hit the ground running at the restart.
ANOTHER ONE MISSED!
HUGE CHANCE FOR THE HOSTS!
Jordan's first sight of goal today, and he places his shot just an inch or two wide of the right-hand post. The chance was laid on a plate for him by Schäfer.
AWAY WE GO
Union going from right to left in this second half.
Goalless at the break, with Union having the most chances, but Wolfsburg squandering the best.
SCRAPPY AND EVEN
If that had gone in, a local roofing contractor might have been receiving a call for emergency support here. Baumgartl's header goes straight at Casteels, though, so the roof is still on the Alte Försterei - for now.
The first chance for Wolfsburg and it's the biggest yet! Franjic drives through the Union defence and backheels the ball for Brekalo, whose low drive is curling away from the far post and goes just wide.
UNION CLAIMING A PENALTY
The ball may have bounced up against a Wolfsburg player's arm inside the area, but a quick check of the replay clarifies it is no penalty.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Micky van de Ven 34.52km/h
Sheraldo Becker 34.20km/h
Bartol Franjić 32.01km/h
NEXT CHANCE FOR THE HOSTS
Leite gets his head on a free-kick, but sends the ball over. Although Wolfsburg have seen more of the ball, the chances continue to fall at just one end of the field.
Wolfsburg have had to deal with more danger in this opening five minutes than they did in the full 90 against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend. But something suggests they have not seen the last of it.
Almost some showboating about the way Sheraldo Becker and Jordan combined just now, with some intuitive touches - they are developing a blind understanding up front for Union.
FINE FIRST FIVE
1 off target
1 on target
0 off target
0 on target
BECKER BLAZES OVER
Already the second shot of the game from Union with the league's top-scorer Becker blazing one over from the edge of the area.
Almost the opening goal with just 40 seconds on the clock for Union! A sweet, stinging volley from Haberer is straight at Casteels, however, who does not need to move much to make the block.
What an atmosphere as the teams emerge, to a sea of red and white. Kick-off is seconds away.
What those three changes do is lift the average age of the Union starting XI by almost two years to 28.3 years. Fischer goes for experience for this return to Bundesliga action.
JUGGLING WITH EUROPE
Not only are Union seeking a return to the top of the Bundesliga, they are having to do all this with the added burden of European football They played Braga in the Europa League on Thursday and Fischer's made three changes from that team, with the aforementioned Baumgartl coming in with Gießelmann and Trimmel, replacing Jaeckel, Puchacz and Ryerson.
FIT FOR THE TOP
GLIMPSE IN THE UNION DRESSING ROOM
NEVER CHANGE A WINNING TEAM
After winning their first game in the Bundesliga all season last weekend, there are no changes to the team to face Union, as Wolfsburg look to make it two wins on the spin.
WOLFSBURG STARTING XI:
Casteels - Baku, Lacroix, Van de Ven, Otavio - Svanberg, Franjic, Arnold (c) - Waldschmidt, L. Nmecha, Brekalo
UNION STARTING XI:
Ronnow - Baumgartl, Knoche, Leite - Trimmel (c), Schäfer, Khedira, Haberer, Gießelmann - Becker, Jordan
Bidding to upset Union are a Wolfsburg side looking for back-to-back wins, after registering their first in the Bundesliga under Niko Kovac last time out. Luca Waldschmidt, Lukas Nmecha and Josip Brekalo formed a three-man attack at home to Europa League holders Eintracht Frankfurt in that win, restricting Omar Marmoush to a substitute role for the third successive game.
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UNION AIMING TO RETURN TO THE TOP
A win would take Union back to the top of the pile, after Dortmund dislodged them on Saturday. With Bayern Munich losing on Saturday, Urs Fischer's men could even put five points between them and the record champions heading into the international break.
THE SEASON SO FAR
Other than Bayern, Union are the only unbeaten team left in this season's Bundesliga. They've won four of six games, drawing the other two, and boast the division's joint leading scorer in Sheraldo Becker. As for Niko Kovac's lowly Wolfsburg, they finally won at the sixth attempt, beating Eintracht Frankfurt last time out.
Union Berlin went top of the Bundesliga for the first time in their history last weekend. Can Die Eisernen get the result needed to go into the September international break on pole?