1. FC Union Berlin welcomes the season finale on Saturday (3:30 p.m. /SPORTBUZZER live ticker) Vice champion RB Leipzig. The first leg on January 20, Union had just lost 1-0 in Leipzig. There were also two defeats in the preseason, including the painful 4-0 at the Bundesliga premiere. But now the first European Cup participation beckons in 20 years. The Iron are highly motivated. For Union, the last game is about qualifying for the playoffs for the Europa Conference League. In the event of a victory, the Köpenickers would certainly be involved in international business. For every other result, coach Urs Fischer has to look at the results of the competition from Mönchengladbach (at Werder Bremen), Stuttgart (against Arminia Bielefeld) and Freiburg (at Eintracht Frankfurt). Against the Leipzig team, who did not play in the best line-up, the Eiserne lost all previous comparisons in the Bundesliga.
In six Robert Andrich (5th yellow card) and attacker Joel Pohjanpalo (leg injury) Union has to do without two important supports. Defender Florian Hübner, midfielder Grischa Prömel (both muscular problems) and attackers Leon Dajaku (ankle injury) and Anthony Ujah (knee injury) also have to pass.
This is how 1. FC Union Berlin starts against RB Leipzig
As part of a pilot project with corona rapid tests approved by the Berlin Senate, 2000 viewers are allowed to attend. For the first time since October 2020, Union is playing in front of fans. Before the game, the heroes of promotion Akaki Gogia (still without a club), Florian Hübner (1. FC Nürnberg) and Christopher Lenz (Eintracht Frankfurt) are bid farewell.
This is how RB Leipzig starts: Martinez – Orban, Upamecano, Klostermann – Halstenberg, Kampl, Haidara, Sabitzer – Kluivert, Forsberg, Hwang.
Trainer Urs Fischer: “We are playing to move into international business. Of course we are very happy. We have to try to bring our qualities into the game. Leipzig is a difficult task. The team fought for the title with Bayern for a long time and owns them without question a lot of quality. “