bundesliga

Super subs steal the points for Union Berlin against RB Leipzig

whatsappmailcopy-link

Union Berlin substitutes Sven Michel and Kevin Behrens snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena.

RB Leipzig 1-2 Union Berlin
Goals: 1-0 Poulsen (46'), 1-1 Michel 86' (assist: Becker), 1-2 Behrens 89' (assist: Michel)

Emil Forsberg was rewarded for his midweek winner from the bench in Leipzig's DFB Cup semi-final against Union with a place in the starting line-up. The Swede was one of six changes made by head coach Domenico Tedesco, resulting in a somewhat disjointed first-half display. Union played their part in upsetting Leipzig's flow with a dogged defensive display that prevented the hosts from registering a single shot on goal. At the other end, Taiwo Awoniyi and Grischa Prömel forced Peter Gulacsi into a pair of routine blocks, while Christopher Trimmel fired against the crossbar with a swerving 20-yard strike on the stroke of half-time.

Leipzig redressed the balance and then some within minutes of the restart by scoring with their first effort on Frederik Ronnow's goal. Christopher Nkunku collected a through-ball from Angelino and sent over a cross that Prömel headed straight out to Poulsen. It was slightly behind the Dane, who had two defenders blocking his view, but that didn't stop him thundering an exquisite first-time finish into the bottom corner. Nordi Mukiele fired against the inside of Ronnow's right-hand post, but two Union subs turned the game on its head. After stooping to level from Becker's near-post cross, Michel back-heeled for Behrens to sweep in a dramatic winner as Union exacted their revenge.

Match stats

  • Michel scored his seventh Bundesliga goal, and second since joining Union in January.
  • Leipzig have scored a league-high 36 goals since the winter break.
  • Poulsen scored his 40th Bundesliga goal on his 162nd appearance in the German top tier.
  • Forsberg made his 255th competitive appearance for Leipzig, and 150th in the Bundesliga.
  • Urs Fischer oversaw his 155th competitive match as Union coach. His record reads: W64, D46, L45.
  • Union won a league game for the first time in Leipzig, at the fifth time of asking.

Watch: Sven Michel on 'soul-stirring' comeback

Teams

Leipzig: Gulacsi (c) - Simakan, Orban, Halstenberg - Mukiele (Henrichs 83'), Adams, Kampl (Laimer 63'), Angelino - Forsberg (Olmo 63') - Poulsen (Silva 64'), Nkunku (Szoboszlai 75')
Unused subs: Tschauner, Martinez, Gvardiol, Novoa
Out: Haidara (knee), Klostermann (not included)
Coach: Domenico Tedesco

Union: Ronnow - Jaeckel, Knoche, Heintz (Michel 85') - Khedira - Trimmel (Ryerson 76'), Prömel (c), Schäfer (Voglsammer 68'), Gießelmann (Oczipka 76') - Becker, Awoniyi (Behrens 85')
Unused subs: Luthe, Öztunali, Haraguchi, Möhwald
Out: Baumgartl (suspended)
Coach: Urs Fischer