Germany: Bundesliga
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Union Berlin
B. Hollerbach (62)
By Ultan Corcoran@UltanCorcoran

Hollerbach strike gives Union vital success over Darmstadt

The Kopenick club have steadied the ship as of late, claiming yet another vital three points in their 1-0 win over Darmstadt this afternoon as they continue to allay any relegation fears.
Separated by a mere 3 points prior to kick-off, it came as no surprise that fans inside the Alte Forsterei had to wait until the 63rd minute for the opening goal of the encounter. Benedict Hollerbach struck the game’s decisive goal as he collected Andras Schafer’s pass and slotted beneath the sprawling Schuhen.

The first-half had passed by with relatively few chances at either end. While Darmstadt led in the possession stats, it was Union who initially came closest when Lucas Tousart nodded over in the 34th minute. The subsequent attack initiated by Gosens offered Behrens a chance, however the veteran striker could only rattle Schuhen’s side-netting. Julian Justvan spurned Die Lilien’s only opportunity of the half, failing to make the most of Tim Skarke’s fine cross.

Benedict Hollerbach had the goal at his mercy directly after the restart. Capitalising on Franjic’s loose touch, the striker failed to keep his nerve as Schuhen smothered expertly. Fortunately, the Eisern’s No.16 made amends with that aforementioned goal just beyond the hour mark.

Kevin Behrens came close to doubling Union’s lead on two occasions late on. Schafer’s 75th minute delivery teased Schuhen off his line, but the shot-stopper was spared as the ball narrowly sailed past the upright. A final heavy touch would spurn yet another chance in the 84th minute, perhaps highlighting the 32-year-old’s lack of confidence. Nonetheless, a win and three points of extreme importance for the Kopenick based club.

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