Union frustrate VfL in 1-1 draw
VfL remain undefeated after their third league game. In front of a 16,307 crowd in the rewirpowerSTADION, Monday night's top match against FC Union Berlin ended in a 1-1 draw. After a goalless first half, Sören Brandy (49') put the visiting side into lead before Simon Terodde (69') scored the equaliser against his ex-club.
Coach Peter Neururer put his trust in the same first eleven that scored four points in the first two league fixtures. Berlin manager Norbert Düwel made two changes when he put Martin Dausch and ex-VfL player Björn Kopplin into the starting line-up.
Things got off to a flying start in the rewirpowerSTADION. Only seconds after kick-off, VfL were awarded a free-kick, but after a rebound Jan Simunek missed the left post by a whisker in the 2nd minute. On the other side, Andreas Luthe was lucky when he failed to clear a free kick by Dausch in the fourth minute. In the 7th minute, Yusuke Tasaka just failed with another shot on target. VfL calmed down their initial attacking play, while still trying to apply pressure on Berlin's defence.
But the next couple of chances belonged to the visitors when Union got more and more into the game. First, Luthe made a great save after Kopplin's shot from the left in the 25th minute and then even more impressively cleared an effort by Björn Jopek from close range in the 28th minute. Shortly before the end of the first half, VfL started another attack with Tasaka crossing from the right wing, but Terodde's powerful attempt to net into the near corner was saved by Haas in the 42nd minute. 0-0 at half time.
The score was only to remain for four minutes after the re-start. A quick Berlin through ball reached Fabian Schönheim, and his precise centre was converted by the unmarked Sören Brandy in the 49th minute. The home side immediately upped their efforts to level the score. In the 54th minute, Michael Gregoritsch nodded Timo Perthel's sharp cross only inches past the upper corner. Minutes later, Gregoritsch was replaced by Marco Terrazzino. And it was Terrazzino's free-kick that was just cleared by Haas in the 62nd minute.
VfL moved up a gear. Simunek, who stood completely unchallenged in the box, failed to level the score, with Union keeper Haas able to save his header. The ensuing corner kick was also nodded past the right post by Stanislav Sestak in the 63rd minute. The well-deserved equaliser came closer and was finally scored by Simon Terodde, who slid home after a, excellent move by Tasaka in the 69th minute.
The lads in blue and white were back and could have turned the match around if Terrazzino had netted Tasaka's centre in the 71st minute, but the forward was not able to make proper contact with the ball. In the 77th minute, a Losilla volley didn't find its way into the net either. Although manager Neururer's team kept up the attacking play until the final whistle, all their efforts were in vain. So, it stayed 1-1 after 90 minutes, which means VfL are still unbeaten after the 3rd matchday.