Union Berlin added their third victory in a row at the RheinEnergie Stadion (1-2) to reach European positions and condemn their rival, Cologne, to the relegation places of the Bundesliga.
Andreas Luthe’s painting is one of the revelations of German football this season. He has only lost one of the eight games he has played, on the first matchday against Augsburg. The rest, has added. Against Colonia, who have yet to win a game, he achieved all three points. He was always ahead on the scoreboard. First with the goal of Nigerian Taiwo Awoniyi in the 27th minute and, after Tunisian Ellyes Skhiri equalized before the break, he regained the initiative in 72 thanks to a goal from Max Kruse who corrected the mistake in the launch of a penalty and whose rejection he picked up to bring the ball to the net.
The Berlin Union is located in the fifth place, in the European zone, and only two points behind Leipzig, which marks the Champions League places. Colonia, without reaction, is second to last, with three draws as the only baggage.
Freiburg 1-Mainz 3
A triplet of the French Jean Phillippe Mateta led to Mainz’s first victory of the season, which they won in Freiburg (1-3) to emerge from the relegation positions in the Bundesliga.
The young French striker, his team’s top scorer, scored three goals in forty minutes and gave air to Jan Moritz Lichte’s side, who managed to win his first match after eight plays. Mateta, 23, who is in his third year at Mainz, opened the scoring after two minutes. He signed the second after half an hour and made the third five before the break.
Freiburg, also anchored in the lower part, was left without reaction capacity and could only close the gap with a goal from Nils Petersen in the 63rd, which did not prevent Christian Streich’s third defeat in a row.
Prömel (29 ‘, Sebastian Griesbeck), Dimitris Limnios (64 ‘, Dominick Drexler), Elvis rexhbecaj (64 ‘, Doubt), Cedric Teuchert (72 ‘, Awoniyi Taiwo), Akaki Gogia (72 ‘, Marcus Ingvartsen), Kingsley ehizibue (78 ‘, Marius Wolf), Jan Thielmann (78 ‘, Noah Katterbach), Toluwalase Emmanuel Arokodare (82 ‘, Salih Ozca), Julian Ryerson (83 ‘, Robert Andrich), Giesselmann (84 ‘, Sheraldo Becker)
0-1, 26 ‘: Awoniyi Taiwo, 1-1, 35 ‘: Ellyes skhiri, 1-2, 71 ‘: Kruse
Referee: Tobias Stieler
VAR referee: Florian Badstübner
Doubt (30 ‘, Yellow) Marcus ingvartsen (34 ‘, Yellow) Giesselmann (92 ‘, Yellow