Union Berlin 2-1 Mainz: Jordan Siebatcheu nets a dramatic late winner to send hosts TOP of the Bundesliga as they continue their miraculous season – but captain Christopher Trimmel says they are only focused on ‘reaching 40 points’ to secure safety
- Union Berlin continued their fairytale season as they beat Mainz 2-1 late on
- Jordan Siebatcheu netted a dramatic goal to send Union top of the Bundesliga
- They are two points clear of giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund
Union Berlin’s Jordan Siebatcheu thundered in an 84th minute goal to secure a 2-1 home victory over Mainz 05 on Saturday and send them top of the Bundesliga with their fourth straight league win.
Union moved to 39 points from 19 games, two ahead of Bayern Munich who can reclaim top spot with a win at VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday. Third-placed Borussia Dortmund are also on 37 points after thrashing Freiburg 5-1.
Union, unbeaten at home this season, have now recorded two more league victories than Bayern but for Urs Fischer’s players any title talk was irrelevant, with the team more focused on wanting to secure 40 points to make sure they stay up.
‘We are enjoying the momentary snapshot but it is still a long, long way,’ said Union captain Christopher Trimmel. ‘We want to keep staying up there in the top spots there but we know we have to keep improving if we want to do that.
Jordan Siebatcheu netted a dramatic late winner to send Union Berlin to top of the league
Union lead Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga as they continue their miraculous campaign
Siebatcheu’s winner came after Marcus Ingvartsen had levelled for Mainz from the spot
‘There are a lot of good teams out there who have championship aspirations,’ he added.
‘Once we reach that goal (40 points) we will sit down and define new goals. We still have a lot of tough matches ahead of us.’
The hosts got off to a strong start with Jerome Roussillon and Rani Khedira coming close before Kevin Behrens slotted in after 32 minutes for a deserved lead.
UNION BERLIN (3-5-2): Ronnow; Doekhi, Knoche, Leite; Trimmel, Seguin (Thorsby 79), Khedira, Haberer (Laidouni 69), Roussillon (Giesselmann 79); Becker (Leweling 89), Behrens (Siebatcheu 79)
Subs not used: Baumgartl, Grill, Juranovic, Michel
Scorers: Behrens 32, Siebatcheu 84
Manager: Urs Fischer
MAINZ 05 (3-5-2): Dahmen; Hanche-Olsen, Fernandes, Bell; Da Costa (Leitsch 71), Barreiro Martins, Lee Jae-Sung (Barkok 71), Kohr (Stach 56), Caci; Onisiwo, Ajorque (Ingvartsen 71)
Subs not used: Hack, Martin, Mustapha, Riess
Scorers: Ingvartsen 78
Manager: Bo Svensson
Referee: F Badstubner
Kevin Behrens had opened the scoring for Union when he slotted home from close range
Urs Fischer’s players insisted they are just focused on reaching 40 points to secure survival
Mainz had few chances in the game but they did get a 78th minute penalty for handball thanks to a VAR review and substitute Marcus Ingvartsen netted the equaliser.
It then took Union six minutes to carve out the winner, with Siebatcheu rifling in from close range after Mainz failed to clear a cross, to keep their sensational campaign going.
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