0 new table leader in Cologne



Union Berlin continues to be successful after the failed Europa League debut in the Bundesliga. The Irons won the duel of the previously unbeaten teams, who had started surprisingly well at 1. FC Köln, deservedly 1-0 (1-0). This puts them first in the table, at least for the time being. Freiburg can still overtake Borussia Mönchengladbach in the late game on Sunday.

The Köpenickers, who suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Royale Union Saint-Gilloise from Belgium on Thursday, took the lead through an own goal by Timo Hübers (3rd). An earlier preliminary decision for Union was possible, but only Jordan Siebatcheu failed with a questionable hand penalty Colognes Goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe (10th), then a goal by Sheraldo Becker was disallowed for offside (13th). Positive for the capital: Timo Baumgartl was in the squad for the first time since he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in April, but he was not substituted on.

Baumgart still impressed

Cologne coach Stephen Baumgart conceded the first defeat of the season against his heart club of all people. He has been closely associated with Union since his time as a professional from 2002 to 2004. The family lives near the stadium, he is a member of the club and plays in the traditional team, his wife worked in the Berlin fan shop.

But it was difficult for Baumgart to concentrate on this game. Beforehand, he had said that after the riots before the Conference League game in Nice on Thursday (1-1), "it was not possible to go back to business as usual". In contrast to his players, who were still in the cabin, the coach had followed the incidents at close range because he was locked in the stands. The emotional state was "okay again," Baumgart said before the game at DAZN. Nevertheless, they are "pictures that you will not forget".



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