Own goal sends Union Berlin to top of Bundesliga | Football News

COLOGNE (Germany): Union Berlin moved up the Bundesliga ranking for the first time in the German club’s history after leaving Cologne with a 1-0 victory on Sunday thanks to an early own goal.
In a whirlwind opener of the game, Union had the chance to take the lead in the third minute when Cologne defender Timo Huebers’ blocking attempt from a low cross was deflected past his keeper at the near post.
Cologne were unlucky to award a penalty five minutes later when a header popped out of the back of Luca Kilianthe elbow but the goalkeeper Marvin Schwabe saved Jordan Siebatcheu’s tame kick to deny Union a two-goal cushion.
Union had the chance to double the lead, with Bundesliga top scorer Sheraldo Becker’s clever finish from a sharp angle ruled out for offside by VAR while Christopher Trimmel saw his effort chipped off the crossbar.
Kilian’s afternoon got worse when he was sent off for a second yellow card trying to stop a Union counter-attack and 10-man Cologne couldn’t find a way past visitors who held on for victory.
Freiburg could have spoiled Union’s party later on Sunday by taking the upper hand with a victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach in the final game of the weekend, but they were held to a 0-0 draw to leave them second in the standings after six rounds.
With 14 points, Union are one point ahead of Freiburg and two over champions Bayern Munich, who have slipped to third.

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