(Bundesliga) Union Berlin keep momentumSports | 9 Dec 2019 11:52 am
Sebastian Andersson scored twice as promoted Union Berlin beat Cologne 2-0 and climbed to 10th with a fourth straight home win in the Bundesliga yesterday.
The Swedish striker struck in both halves to give Union a sixth league win overall, and offer its festive fans hope that their team can survive the first season in the Bundesliga.
Union are seven points clear of the relegation zone after 14 games, and closer in points to defending champion Bayern Munich than they are to teams struggling at the bottom.
Cologne, who were fortunate not to lose by more at Union's sold-out Stadion An der Alten Forsterei, remain in trouble in their third game under new coach Markus Gisdol. Cologne have not won a game since beating last-place Paderborn 3-0 on October 20.
Both sides found it hard to create chances in a scrappy opening until Cologne midfielder Birger Verstraete tested Rafal Gikiewicz with a dangerous free kick after 25 minutes.
Cologne counterpart Timo Horn did well to save Andersson's shot at the other end, but he was powerless to stop the Swede from scoring off the resulting corner in the 33rd.
Union captain Christopher Trimmel sent the ball into the center where Andersson powered in a header.
There were groans around the stadium after the home side failed to make the most of a counterattack when four Union players faced only two Cologne defenders. Sebastian Polter played the ball too far ahead of Marcus Ingvartsen when shooting would have been a better option.
However, Andersson grabbed his second two minutes after the break when he rounded Horn and eluded one defender before shooting. Sebastiaan Bornauw cleared off the line but goal-line technology confirmed the goal.
League leader Borussia Monchengladbach beat Bayern 2-1 on Saturday, the defending champion's second successive loss.
Paderborn faced a trip to Werder Bremen later.-AP