Freiburg beats Union and winters in second place

At the end of the Bundesliga season, SC Freiburg won after a crazy start from Union Berlin. Man of the evening was Vincenzo Grifo, who scored three times.

Three goals scored in 16 minutes: Vincenzo Grifo.
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After the 3-1 defeat in Leipzig, SCF coach Christian Streich relied on Keitel and Grifo instead of Eggestein and Jeong, Union coach Urs Fischer also made two changes after the 2-2 draw against FC Augsburg and brought in Haraguchi and Trimmel for Khedira (5th minute). .Yellow) and Gießelmann (couch).

Grifo with fastest hat-trick in Freiburg Bundesliga history

But the focus was first on Deniz Aytekin. After the first offensive action (1st) of the match, the referee interrupted the match – the video assistant had reported. No one knew why at first – neither the SCF nor the FCU had complained about a scene. What happened? When Günter passed Doan, the ball went over Trimmel’s hand into Köpenick’s penalty area. Although neither the direction nor the speed of the ball were changed, Aytekin awarded the hosts a penalty anyway.

Grifo converted from the point (4th), two minutes later he already raised to 2:0. After a catastrophic misstep by Union, the German-Italian switched quickly, after a one-two with Gregoritsch he didn’t let the opportunity pass him by (6′).

Knoche misses a penalty – Leite flies

But that’s not enough of a blow to the FCU. As the Köpenicker could have recovered immediately, Knoche struck the penalty (Höfler climbed Becker’s calf) but only the post (10th) – a telltale scene for the Unioner’s messed up start.

To make matters worse, defender Leite then pulled the emergency brake against Doan in the penalty area and flew a red card. Grifo converted the ensuing penalty (20th) and scored the fastest hat-trick in Freiburg Bundesliga history within 16 minutes – the early preliminary decision in an extremely curious start.

However, Union did not give up and tried to enter the game with ten players, but continued to encounter dangerous counterattacks after losing the ball. Freiburg was unable to convert it, but caused significantly more danger from exchanges than from its own possession.

Gregoritsch puts the lid on it early

Bundesliga – 15th match day

With Union withdrawing more and more as the playing time increased, it was a tough game. Freiburg always had the ball, but couldn’t get through against a deep opponent. Lienhart only found a gap shortly before the break, Gregoritsch made it 4-0 after Doan’s pass (45th).

In the second round an extremely tough match developed with hardly any highlights to offer. Freiburg only scored their first goal in the 88th minute, until then they mainly let the ball circle through their own defense line.

Michel with the consolation goal

Union Berlin scored the consolation goal, after the fourth penalty whistle of the match (Keitel made a mistake on Doekhi) Michel scored from the spot. (84th).

goals and cards

1:0Grifo (4′)

2-0Grifo (6′)

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1.FC Union Berlin



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Second in the table from Freiburg will play in the new year on January 21 from 3.30 pm against VfL Wolfsburg, while 1. FC Union Berlin will receive TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the same time.

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