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Union Berlin - Leverkusen

Germany: Bundesliga
Union Berlin T. Awoniyi (7)
Stadion An der Alten FörstereiFull time1-1Attendance: 11.000
Leverkusen M. Diaby (12)
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Union and Leverkusen share the spoils

By Siddhant Garg

Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 in their first Bundesliga game of the new season.

Kerem Demirbay.
Kerem Demirbay.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Bundesliga season is off and running for Urs Fischer's Union and Gerardo Seoane's Leverkusen as the two sides each took a share of the spoils in an entertaining 1-1 draw.


Union took the lead early, as new record signing Awoniyi finished neatly to beat Hradecky in a quick break in the 7th minute. Moussa Diaby equalized in the 12th minute, cutting through the defense with pace after being set up by Frimpong.

Leverkusen looked in control of the game for the most part, but Union, spurred on by the 11,000 fans in The Stadion An der Alten Försterei, defended well and were quick and dangerous on the counter.

Union left-back Niko Gießelmann and playmaker Genki Haraguchi gave noteworthy performances.
For Gerardo Seoane, Kerem Demirbay played a more advanced role compared to what he played last season, as Amiri moved to the wing. Diaby and Palacios were full of energy in the Bundesliga opener for their side.

A draw was a fair result, with both sides having their share of chances.


Union Berlin
(5-3-2)
1A. Luthe
28C. Trimmel (C) ↪82
5M. Friedrich
31R. Knoche
25T. Baumgartl
23N. Gießelmann
24G. Haraguchi ↪81
8R. Khedira
32M. Ingvartsen ↪64
14T. Awoniyi ↪64
10M. Kruse ↪73
Bench
19F. Rønnow
9A. Voglsammer ↩64
17K. Behrens ↩81
36C. Teuchert ↩73
3P. Jaeckel
6J. Ryerson ↩82
26T. Puchacz
7L. Öztunali ↩64
33S. Griesbeck
Leverkusen
(4-2-3-1)
1L. Hradecky (C)
30J. Frimpong
6K. Odilon
4J. Tah
5M. Bakker
25E. Palacios ↪89
20C. Aránguiz
19M. Diaby
10K. Demirbay
11N. Amiri ↪76
14P. Schick ↪89
Bench
36N. Lomb
40A. Lunev
7Paulinho ↩76
17J. Pohjanpalo ↩89
3P. Retsos
18Wendell
22D. Sinkgraven
23M. Weiser
15J. Baumgartlinger ↩89

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