Union upset Dortmund for first win in German League
01 Sep 2019
Union Berlin’s players celebrates their victory over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Agence France-Presse
Berlin: Union Berlin pulled off perhaps the biggest victory in their turbulent history, defeating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at the Stadion An der Alten Foersterei on Saturday.
Dortmund came into the match heavily favoured to win and reclaim their place on top of the table but struggled to match Berlin’s enthusiasm in sweltering conditions in the German capital.
Union were 1-0 in the 22nd minute, with Marius Buelter scoring the side’s first ever top-flight goal at home. Buelter latched onto a Berlin corner which had been struck low and fast, hammering the ball into the bottom right of the net.
The goal stung Dortmund into action, who equalised just two minutes later through Paco Alcacer. Dortmund coasted through the remainder of the first half, dominating possession and territory as they went in search of what seemed like an inevitable second.
It was Union who would score next, however, with Buelter grabbing a second by pouncing on a desperate clearance from Dortmund keeper Roman Buerki.
Sebastian Andersson added another in the 75th minute to put the home side 3-1 up and seal their first ever win in the top division.
Union manager Urs Fischer said he was proud of his side’s performance -- and planned on letting them savour the victory.
Meanwhile, a double from Japanese striker Yuya Osako carried Werder Bremen to their first Bundesliga win of the season on Sunday, his strikes downing 10-man Augsburg 3-2 at the Weser Stadium.