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Union Berlin come from behind to beat high-flying Hoffenheim

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Goals from Andreas Voglsammer and Prömel allow Union Berlin to come from behind to beat high-flying Hoffenheim 2-1 at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Union Berlin 2-1 Hoffenheim
Goals: 0-1
Baumgartl o.g. 16', 1-1 Voglsammer 22' 1-2 Prömel 73'

Following last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Augsburg via a double from Ihlas Bebou and David Raum’s second of the season, Hoffenheim were looking to extend their unbeaten to eight games at the expense of fellow high-flying Union Berlin. An early chance tailored by Ihlas Bebou to the box found Christoph Baumgartner - but his effort was palmed away by Luthe in the Union goal. Bebou continued to cause problems on the right, this time finding success due to Timo Baumgartl unfortunately glancing the ball past his own keeper. Union were level again five minutes later – Bastian Oczipka delivering a delicious ball to an unchallenged Voglsammer to head onto the crossbar and bouncing off Oli Baumann and into the net. Both teams stayed resolute for the remainder of the half as a reinvigorated crowd at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei continued to set the tone for this feisty encounter during the break.

Andrej Kramaric – still seeking out his 100th goal for Hoffenheim – fluffed his lines with a golden opportunity early in the second half. Most of the half featured both sides cancelling each other out with little attacking menace, but Union almost took the lead on 71 minutes with Oczipka providing a delicious ball into the box with substitute Sheraldo Becker nodding just wide. With this effort, Union sensed an opening and it was again Becker involved in their attacking threat moments later. Zipping behind the Hoffenheim defence, he found Kruse – who saw his shot hit the bar with the rebound falling to Prömel to tuck home for his fourth goal of the season – three of which have arrived in the last two games. Union held on to the end, with three points collected to go level on points with their visitors.

Watch: Prömel on how high Union can go

Match stats

  • This was only Voglsammer’s second goal for Union Berlin in the Bundesliga. His only other goal was in the club’s 4-2 defeat to Dortmund.
  • After only finding the net once all season, Prömel has enjoyed a terrific start to 2022 with three goals in the last two matchdays.
  • The Stadion An der Alten Försterei has been somewhat of a fortress for Union this season (W6, D3, L1).
  • Hoffenheim scored in the first half for the eighth consecutive game.
  • Kramaric continues to seek his 100th goal for Hoffenheim but has now gone eight games without scoring.
  • This was the first time that Hoffenheim have lost a game in eight Bundesliga fixtures.

Line-ups

Union: Luthe – Baumgartl, Knoche, Heintz (Jaeckel 79')- Trimmel (c), Öztunali (Becker 65'), Khedira, Prömel, Oczipka (Ryerson 89') - Voglsammer (Haraguchi 79'), Kruse (Behrens 89')
Unused subs: Rönnow, Ujah, Endo, Möhwald
Out: Awoniyi (Africa Cup of Nations), Gießelmann (knock), Van Drongelen (not included), Wszolek (not included)
Coach: Urs Fischer

Hoffenheim: Baumann (c) - Posch (Rudy 89'), Vogt, Richards - Akpoguma (Rutter 59'), Baumgartner, Geiger (Stiller 89'), Raum - Kramaric - Bebou, Dabbur (Bruun Larsen 72')
Unused subs: Philipp, Nordtveit, Hübner, Adamyan, Bischof
Out: Adams (illness), Grillitsch (not included), John (not included), Kaderabek (thigh), Samassekou (Africa Cup of Nations), Skov (thigh), Bicakcic (match fitness), Gacinovic (muscular)
Coach: Sebastian Hoeneß

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