1. FC Union has won the first three points in the Europa League. However, the win in Malmö was overshadowed by a pyrochaos that led to a long pause in the match.
1. FC Union Berlin has achieved its first win in the club’s history in the Europa League. At the Swedish champions Malmö FF, the Berliners won 1-0 (0-0) with a goal from Sheraldo Becker. The match was temporarily interrupted for almost half an hour after fireworks were thrown on the field by both fan camps.
Accompanied by choreographies and lit fireworks by the home fans, both teams took to the field at the Eleda Stadium in Malmö. For the 14,000 spectators, however, there were no fireworks on the field. Union stood in the back and watched for counterattacks, while the home side relied on possession and tried to combine again and again through the Köpenick defence, which they partially succeeded. They got the first really good chance of the game through Joseph Ceesay, who didn’t hit the ball well and wasn’t a big problem for Union-keeper Frederik Rönnow (16′).
The game then waved a bit and was relatively unspectacular. After that, the Bundesliga frontrunners came into play better and had two great scoring opportunities: First, Sheraldo Becker won on a counterattack from the right, but Malmö goalkeeper Ismael Diawara saved safely in the near corner (27th). Ten minutes later, Becker made preparations and, after a cross, put the ball on his back for teammate Janik Haberer, who shot just over the goal (37 minutes).
Shortly before halftime was the fear for the Berliners. After an individual error, Andras Schäfer was the last man to miss the ball on the halfway line. Malmö captain Anders Christiansen reacted very quickly and sprinted alone to the goal. To stop him, the Union midfielder only got a tactical foul, for which he was rightly shown the red card.
The evening took an ugly turn in the 57th minute. After a rocket flew onto the field from the direction of the Union block and a firecracker exploded in front of the guest block, referee Halil Umut Meler interrupted the match for the time being. After that, pyrotechnics were also thrown onto the field from the home stands, sending both teams to the locker rooms. Only after announcements from the stadium by officials from both clubs did the game resume after a 27-minute delay.
And 1. FC Union came back on the field furious. After a long ball from defender Robin Knoche from his own half, Sheraldo Becker used his enormous speed and let his opponent stand. In the duel with goalkeeper Diawara, he kept his spirits up and took the lead (68 minutes) in an unstoppable shot into the left corner. Shortly afterwards, Janik Haberer even scored a second goal at his foot, but this time it went just wide of the Malmö keeper (72′).
After that, the Berliners did very well with a man down and confidently defended their lead. At the end of an eventful evening of football, the Köpenicker brought in the first three Europa League points in the club’s history, although the joy was overshadowed by the events in the stands.
Broadcast: rbb24, October 6, 2022, 6:00 PM