Union Berlin got here from behind to beat Hoffenheim 3-1 and rose to 3rd within the Bundesliga whereas metropolis rival Hertha Berlin misplaced by the identical rating at Bochum to drop into the relegation zone on Saturday.
Ahead Jordan Pefok missed an early penalty for Union when his effort crashed off the left submit. Then Hoffenheim’s Ihlas Bebou, making his first look of the season after a knee harm, shocked the house staff on a counterattack simply earlier than halftime.
Union responded with relentless strain after the break and captain Christopher Trimmel arrange defender Danilho Doekhi for 2 late headed objectives to ship the house followers wild amid flurries of snow.
Jamie Leweling actually received the occasion going by sealing the win in harm time.
A CITY OF TWO TALES
Whereas Union is flying, Hertha is floundering.
Former Union participant Keven Schlotterbeck scored on his Bochum debut to assist the house staff climb out of the relegation zone on the customer’s expense.
Hertha coach Sandro Schwarz was left shaking his head on the sideline.
“The nook statistics are symptomatic for in the present day’s sport – 6-1 for us – however the opponent used two set-pieces to attain,” Schwarz mentioned. “It was too little in the present day.”
Each Hertha and Union have midweek video games earlier than the town derby subsequent weekend.
Freiburg slumped to a 6-0 rout at Wolfsburg to drop from second place to fourth, behind Union on aim distinction.
“It’s greatest if I say nothing, then I can’t say something improper,” Freiburg coach Christian Streich mentioned.
Saturday’s outcomes meant Bayern Munich stretched its result in 5 factors regardless of its drawing 1-1 in Leipzig on Friday. The ten-time defending champion is assured of being first on the midway stage, incomes the unofficial title of “fall champion.”
For the reason that introduction of three factors for a win, Bayern has gone on to win the title 15 occasions from the 16 seasons it was main on the midway stage.
Germany ahead Niclas Füllkrug scored once more for Werder Bremen, taking his season tally to 11, however his staff conceded seven objectives at Cologne in a 7-1 loss.
The excellent Steffen Tigges scored two and arrange two extra within the first half alone.
Cologne didn’t win any of its earlier 5 league video games.
Eintracht Frankfurt moved to second after a 2-0 win over visiting Schalke, which remained on the underside after simply two wins all season.
Schalke’s thirty sixth consecutive away sport with out a win within the Bundesliga set a brand new league document.
“It’s necessary to not stick our heads within the sand,” Schalke coach Thomas Reis mentioned.
Bruno Labbadia’s debut answerable for Stuttgart resulted in a draw in opposition to visiting Mainz 1-1.
“We all know we now have a marathon in entrance of us,” mentioned Labbadia, whose staff stays within the relegation zone, one level forward of Hertha.