Christian Streich waved off, swelled and shook his head. The coach of SC Freiburg was visibly served after the possibly decisive setback in the fight for the Champions League. And while the Europa Leagues club licked its wounds after the 1: 4 (0: 3) against Union Berlin, the guests celebrated their second international participation in Red European Cup shirts in front of their enthusiastic fans.
“Our defense performance was the crux of the matter today. It was very bitter goals,” said Europa Leagues director Jochen Saier at Sky: “It was a deserved defeat.” The Freiburgers are still in fourth place, but RB Leipzig can pass a point against FC Augsburg on Sunday (7:30 p.m./DAZN). “We want to get points in Leverkusen on the last match day. If we succeed, we have achieved a huge goal with the Europa League,” said Saier. The goal of Lucas Höler (59th, after video evidence) was probably not enough for the premier class.
Grischa Prömel (11th), Christopher Trimmel (30th), Sheraldo Becker (41.) and Andras Schäfer (90th) met for the mercilessly effective Köpenickers. For the team of coach Urs Fischer from the Champions League, everything is still possible to the Europa League to Conference League. “Incredible. What we do as a small club here is not a matter of course,” said Prömel. “It’s amazing,” said Fischer.
Streich had given up computing games before the game. “I don’t want to be nervous, but relaxed,” he said, after the Europa Leagues club had already secured the move into the European Cup the previous week.
Freiburg with anger in the stomach
In the last home game of the season, the Breisgauers got rid of 34,700 fans. Streich’s eleven was noticeable at the beginning that it was about a lot. Union made a better impression – and rewarded himself early. Maximilian Eggestein clarified on his own post, Prömel dusted.
The Berliners, in which Andreas Luthe stood in the goal after Frederik Rönnow injured himself when warming up, lurked on counterattack. In one of the quick counterattacks, Captain Trimmel was on hand. Previously, the supposed compensation by Höler (23rd) had been withdrawn due to a handball according to video evidence.
The Freiburg print fizzled out with the second goal. Instead, the defense against Nico Schlotterbeck, who announced his move to Borussia Dortmund this week, was challenged. But Becker hung off the SC defenders and completed dry. Streaks raged on the sidelines in such a way that he saw yellow.
The SC trainer reacted and brought Joker Nils Petersen for the second half. The Freiburgers came out of the cabin with anger in the stomach, so that an intensive game developed with clear advantages for the home team.
Hope returned with Höler’s hit. Freiburg continued to try, but was rarely dangerous in front of the Union goal. The guests, on the other hand, managed the lead and did not invest much on the offensive until the substitute Schäfer hit.