Union Berlin - Bielefeld

Germany: Bundesliga
Union Berlin K. Endo (3), R. Andrich (13), S. Becker (45), M. Kruse (Pen. 52), C. Teuchert (89)
Stadion An der Alten Försterei5-0

"Kruse-control": FC Union Berlin crush Bielefeld behind veteran's masterpiece

By Peter Vice

Berlin's Köpenick club exploded for five goals scored by five separate players in a 5-0 shellacking of Arminia Bielefeld at the Stadion An der alten Försterei. 

Bundesliga veteran Max Kruse contributed one goal and three assists in the blowout.

Max Kruse.
Max Kruse.Photo: © Superbass / CC-by-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)

In his return to the grounds where he once coached 1. FC Union Berlin for seven long seasons, Bielefeld trainer Uwe Neuhaus dropped the fully defensive 5-3-2 pocket he used against Dortmund last week and configured a more offensive-minded 4-3-3. It made little difference.

By the 3rd minute the hosts had already jumped out to a 1-0 lead. The on-fire Max Kruse unleashed Sheraldo Becker wide on the right flank. The 25-year-old Dutchman tore down the field, ultimately servicing his axial partner Keita Endo with an easy tap-in.

A deft Kruse layoff for Robert Andrich ten minutes later led a doubling of the advantage for die Eisernen. Andrich thundered home underneath the crossbar from a left-center position just outside the area.

Two minutes into first-half injury time it was again Kruse playing the catalyst. The Bundesliga veteran played Becker in on the right. The Dutchman opted to have a go himself this time and found the back of the net shortly before the half-time whistle blew.

A triple substitution from Neuhaus at the restart only fomented more confusion in the Bielefelder ranks. Defender Amos Pieper Akaki Gogia (on early for the injured Endo) in the box three minutes in. Kruse converted the spot kick for a well-deserved goal of his own.

The pace of the match slowed thereafter as the hosts shelled up defensively and the guests failed to build coherent attacks. Substitute Cedric Teuchert added a late fifth goal courtesy of a Gogia set-up in the 88th.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga's 15:30 kickoffs, Eintracht Frankfurt came from 0-2 behind to draw VfB Stuttgart 2-2. Schalke and Mainz ended with precise same scoreline, though the fixture at the Opel Arena featured more lead changes.

After a solid effort to hold off the favored side, Freiburg eventually crumbled to lose to RB Leipzig 0-3. Hertha BSC continued their upward trajectory with a very convincing 3-0 win at Augsburg.

Union Berlin
1Andreas Luthe
28Christopher Trimmel (C)
5Marvin Friedrich
31Robin Knoche
25Christopher Lenz
34Christian Gentner ↩73
30Robert Andrich
27Sheraldo Becker ↩83
10Max Kruse ↩82
18Keita Endo ↩20
9Joel Pohjanpalo ↩73
20Loris Karius
14Taiwo Awoniyi ↪73
16Tim Maciejewski ↪83
36Cedric Teuchert ↪82
6Julian Ryerson
19Florian Hübner
23Niko Gießelmann
7Akaki Gogia ↪20
33Sebastian Griesbeck ↪73
1Stefan Ortega Moreno
27Cédric Brunner
2Amos Pieper
6Mike van der Hoorn
5Jacob Laursen
19Manuel Prietl
31Arne Maier ↩46
8Ritsu Doan ↩82
30Marcel Hartel ↩46
17Cebio Soukou ↩46
9Fabian Klos (C) ↩88
34Oscar Linnér
18Sergio Córdova ↪82
36Sven Schipplock ↪88
4Joakim Nilsson
15Nathan De Medina
23Anderson-Lenda Lucoqui
10Reinhold Yabo ↪46
16Fabian Kunze ↪46
20Nils Seufert ↪46

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