Tired’ and ‘lucky’ Union reclaim top spot in Bundesliga


By Sedara Oluwadara

Paul Jaeckel helped Union Berlin go two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table with a hard-fought 1-0 win at 10-man Stuttgart on Sunday.

Jaeckel’s 76th-minute goal was followed by a second yellow card for Serhou Guirassy just seven minutes later, leaving Stuttgart short-handed and Union in control.

Union’s rivals Freiburg, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund all drew this weekend, giving the Berliners a chance to extend their lead.

Stuttgart-born Union midfielder Rani Khedira said relief rather than elation was the major feeling. “It was a lucky win for us.

We wanted to play compact and then somehow score the goal,” Khedira told DAZN.

“We managed to do that. We didn’t show a nice game – you could tell we were tired.”

Union manager Urs Fischer agreed with Khedira, saying “given the chances (we had), you might need a bit of match luck – and we had that today.”

“We were a bit sloppy in the beginning, but over time we got better and better – the boys did a great game today.”

Union have now been on top of the table for four consecutive weeks but the current two-point gap is the widest so far.

Stuttgart are second-last and are the only team in the Bundesliga without a win this season.

Source: AFP

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