Union Berlin 4-1 Ingolstadt

The general first half formations. In the closing stages, the home side 2-1 ahead, Ingolstadt adopted more of a 4-4-2 diamond, while Union deployed a 4-1-3-2 Edson Buddle started the game, but limped off early on through injury.

Union Berlin moved back into the top half of the 2. Bundesliga table after a hard-working and clinical performance against Ingolstadt saw them come from behind to win comfortably. Ingolstadt lacked invention in the final-third until it was too late, and the quality of their crosses left a lot to be desired throughout. But while not necessarily inventive, Union had several players capable of making incisions in their Bavarian opponents’ rearguard, and notched up their third victory in the space of an international football-interruped month.

Match preview here.

Union started the game with confidence, waiting for the right moment to send Patrick Kohlmann down the channel, before the former Irish U21 international used the good holding technique of Colombian striker John Jairo Mosquera to collect a return pass and feed Silvio. The Brazilian showed strength to retain possession in the box, and teed up Mosquera for a – wayward – shot. Ingolstadt were focused on sitting off from their urgent and occasionally direct hosts in a compact 4-4-1-1 (Buddle dropping deeper than Moritz Hartmann). They only pressed in their own half, and as a result, managed to limit the waves of Union attacks to scant consolation prizes such as the odd final-third throw-in or scuffed long-range efforts wide of the target.

Silvio was the key man for the Berlin side, as the Brazilian looked to bob between the Ingolstadt defence and midfield banks to collect passes, as well as occasionally making last-shoulder runs while standing on a centre-back. Continue reading

Union Berlin-Ingolstadt preview

Matchday seven of the 2011/12 2. Bundesliga season pits together two of Berlin and Bavaria’s smaller sides. Ingolstadt have had the more iffy start to the new campaign, taking five points from a possible 18 – two less than Union. But, although tomorrow’s hosts have won two of their three league games played at the 18,000-seater Stadion An der Alten Försterei, they were thrashed at home on the opening day of the new season by another Bavarian side, Fürth. Added to that, Ingolstadt coach Benno Möhlmann can take heart from the fact that it was only an 87th minute equalizer by Karim Benyamina that denied his side all three points when the two teams last met in a competitive game (April 24). Continue reading