Union Berlin tops the Bundesliga again with a last second win

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Berlin-based Danilho Doekhi (left) celebrates with Sven Michel, Christopher Trimmel and Diogo Leite after scoring a 2-1 goal during the Bundesliga match between Union Berlin and Borussia Moenchengladbach in Berlin, Germany, Sunday 30 October 2022 (Andreas Gora / dpa via AP)

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The surprise leader of Union Berlin continues to work wonders in the Bundesliga.

Danilho Doekhi scored the winning goal in the final act of the game in the seventh minute of added time in Sunday’s 2-1 victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach to secure the Union’s first place.

Union came close to defeat until the 79th minute when substitute Kevin Behrens tied Nico Elvedi in the first half for Gladbach. At the very end, Doekhi made his way through the crowd of players to after Jamie Leweling’s corner from a corner, sparking a wild celebration among players and Union fans.

The Union is back to being one point clear of Bayern Munich, who beat Mainz 6-2 on Saturday, with three games to the Bundesliga break for the World Cup.

Midfielder Rani Khedira said he showed “character in this squad” that the Union could maintain its form despite the tight schedule in the Bundesliga and the Europa League. Khedira paid tribute to the “crazy fans” packing on Union terraces for leading the team to victory.

Union had already celebrated what he saw as the winning goal in 87th position before a video review revealed Christopher Trimmel was merely offside. This was the second time VAR had come out against the Union after Khedira’s first-half shot deflected the elbow of teammate Sheraldo Becker.

After Elvedi’s head hit on 33 minutes, Gladbach was in the lead after a corner kick, and substitute Behrens defeated goalkeeper Tobias Sippel on 79 minutes, who had struck Sippel’s fist as the goalkeeper attempted to deflect the ball. Behrens fell to the ground before regaining his strength to celebrate with his teammates. He was able to play on and almost scored again three minutes later, and ended up having a bruise and swelling on his right cheekbone.

The dramatic win was a boost for Union, who were four points clear of Bayern until they lost to a threatened relegation Bochum last week. Gladbach is in the 11th place.

GRIFO JACKS FREIBURGA

Freiburg moved above Borussia Dortmund to third place, beating Schalke 2-0 whose new coach Thomas Reis lost his first game.

Vincenzo Grifo in stoppage time in the first half of the game got a spot on goal with a curved shot from the edge of the penalty area, then extended Freiburg’s lead from the penalty spot after Jeong Woo-yeong hit the ball. Schalke has seven consecutive losers under Reis, his predecessor Frank Kramer and former interim coach Matthias Kreutzer.

Hoffenheim drew 1-1 with Cologne after defender Ozan Kabak was sent off in 87th place for a second card. Florian Kainz opened the scoring for Cologne from close range following a Linton Maina cross before Jacob Bruun Larsen leveled for Hoffenheim.

Cologne had little rest after having to finish winning the European Conference League with Slovácko on Friday afternoon. The fog meant the game was abandoned after six minutes on Thursday night. Hoffenheim is seventh in the Bundesliga and 10th in Cologne.

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This story was originally published October 30, 2022 10:51 AM.

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