In the second leg of the Europa Conference League qualifiers, 1. FC Union Berlin parted 0-0 from Kuopion PS. It was enough for Copenhagen to qualify for the group stage of the international tournament.
1. FC Union draw with Finnish club Kuopion PS in the second round of the Europa League qualifiers in Berlin. This means the Bundesliga side have entered the group stage of the new international tournament and are now expecting attractive opponents in Friday’s draw in Istanbul.
Despite a 4-0 lead from the first leg, the guests immediately put the pressure on in front of 22,000 spectators and created several chances. Union striker Taiwo Avoni had the chance to score the first goal in the 8th and 9th minutes of the game. Only the two-time goalscorer in the first leg dominated the left side of the opposition’s penalty area and passed the ball. The Nigerian then headed for goal after a balanced cross, but guest keeper Johannes Kritl waved goodbye in a flash. Five minutes later, the Copian keeper snatched another header in the air – this time by Robin Noch.
After the initial phase of Storm and Trang, the hosts downshifted a gear or two without losing control of the game. This cheered up the fans and the junior chants could be heard over and over at the Olympic Stadium, where Hertha PSC play usually at home. It was in this setting that the first guest attack took place. When defender Timo Bomcard adjusted his starter shoe to the side, the Finns took advantage of the brief excess. Virinen came off the corner but Union midfielder Timothy Buchas blocked the valley.
Shortly before the break, 1. FC Union Berlin should have taken the lead. Christopher Trimmel crossed the attacking side too quickly in front of Cedric T-shirt, who played at full speed on Taio Avoni. But the Union attackers fired the ball frankly in front of the Copian goalkeeper. The 24-year-old wouldn’t have missed this chance in the first game. Turkish referee Hull then called for a break in Umud Meller’s locker room.
Union fans opened the second part of the game with a pyro show. They lit up the Olympic Stadium with yellow and red torches. For this, UEFA will of course impose fines on the Köpenickers. Ten minutes later, the smoke came out, and the fans themselves were distracted only by the sound. During this time, no fireworks exploded in the meadow.
That changed in the 56th minute. Duchard sends Sheraldo Becker vertical as he passes Avoni. But the Finnish defense concentrated and destroyed the corner, which did not bring an additional union opportunity. Union coach Urs Fischer Taiwo Awoniyi then moved on to Andreas Vokalsamar, while Becker replaced Kevin Behrens. Two new forces immediately put danger in the penalty area for the guests, capturing the ball, but the Buchas ultimately clearly missed.
And hosts again. After a precise free kick from Trimmel in the 67th minute, team-mate Manuel Friedrich dived on a diving header. But the attack ended in the hands of the Finnish goalkeeper. And his colleague Andreas Lot knew how to differentiate himself. After Nislay’s strong shot, the Union keeper put his right hand on the ball.
Then the intermission continued: Marcus Ingwarden replaced Genki Haraguchi and Julian Ryerson for Christopher Trimmel. Ars Fisher stuck to his position-based trading policy. In the 75th minute, goalkeeper Louth once again broke a great chance for Kuopion PS. Harala entered the penalty area freely and tried to tunnel at the union keeper, but last time he squeezed his legs together and blocked the goal.
At the final whistle, neither team had a playing accent. 1. FC Union Berlin and Kuopion PS therefore separated 0-0. Copenhagen moved on to the Europa League group stage and the Finns were knocked out.
Broadcast: rbb 24, 08/26/2021, 9:45 p.m.