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Union Berlin 0-4 RB Leipzig: Hosts pay tribute to lost fans on Bundesliga debut

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Union Berlin 0-4 RB Leipzig: Union Berlin beaten in first ever Bundesliga game

Union Berlin supporters raised tributes of late family and friends who could not be present to witness the club's debut Bundesliga appearance on Sunday.

The "finally there" campaign saw banners created from photos to be held aloft as the club hosted top-flight football for the first time.

Union lost 4-0 to RB Leipzig at the Stadion An der Alten Foersterei.

Fans also staged a 15-minute silent protest against the visitors' ownership by drinks manufacturer Red Bull.

Union supporters stayed silent from kick-off to express their opposition to Leipzig's model - one of the few exceptions to German football's rule which requires all Bundesliga clubs to have a 51% fan-owned majority.

Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann said his side had prepared for the boycott and used it to their advantage.

"For a coach it isn't so bad at all - you can talk directly to your players. The boys knew that after 15 minutes it would get really loud - and the atmosphere was unbelievably good afterwards."

He added: "I would always wish that the fans would give it everything from the opening whistle as it's a great atmosphere here at Union - unbelievable."

The supporters have played an integral part in Union's journey to the top-flight, donating blood as part of a "Bleed for Union" campaign to raise funds for their struggling fourth-tier side in 2004 - as well as volunteering to help rebuild the club's stadium in 2008.

They became the first side to beat a Bundesliga club in the play-offs since 2012 as they overcame Stuttgart last season.

But they had no such success against Leipzig on Sunday as goals from Marcel Halstenberg, Marcel Sabitzer, Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku sealed a comfortable win.

Union Berlin tweeted to signal the start of their silent protest, which ended 15 minutes into the match
Union Berlin tweeted to signal the start of their silent protest, which ended 15 minutes into the match

Line-ups

Union Berlin

  • 1Gikiewicz
  • 28Trimmel
  • 5Friedrich
  • 31Schlotterbeck
  • 25Lenz
  • 21Prömel
  • 30Andrich
  • 20AbdullahiSubstituted forBeckerat 58'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 34GentnerSubstituted forUjahat 45'minutes
  • 15Bülter
  • 10AnderssonSubstituted forPolterat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Subotic
  • 8Mees
  • 9Polter
  • 11Ujah
  • 14Reichel
  • 24Schmiedebach
  • 27Becker
  • 32Ingvartsen
  • 35Nicolas

RB Leipzig

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 22Mukiele
  • 6Konaté
  • 4Orban
  • 16Klostermann
  • 31DemmeSubstituted forLaimerat 62'minutes
  • 44KamplSubstituted forForsbergat 73'minutes
  • 23Halstenberg
  • 7Sabitzer
  • 9Poulsen
  • 11WernerSubstituted forNkunkuat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Saracchi
  • 8Haidara
  • 10Forsberg
  • 13Ilsanker
  • 18Nkunku
  • 20Santos Carneiro Da Cunha
  • 26Ampadu
  • 27Laimer
  • 28Mvogo
Referee:
Markus Schmidt
Attendance:
22,467

Match Stats

Home TeamUnion BerlinAway TeamRB Leipzig
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, 1. FC Union Berlin 0, RB Leipzig 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, 1. FC Union Berlin 0, RB Leipzig 4.

Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marius Bülter (1. FC Union Berlin).

Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sebastian Polter (1. FC Union Berlin).

Attempt missed. Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Konrad Laimer following a corner.

Corner, RB Leipzig. Conceded by Rafal Gikiewicz.

Attempt saved. Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcel Sabitzer with a headed pass.

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Keven Schlotterbeck (1. FC Union Berlin).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig).

Booking

Sheraldo Becker (1. FC Union Berlin) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sheraldo Becker (1. FC Union Berlin).

Offside, 1. FC Union Berlin. Anthony Ujah tries a through ball, but Sheraldo Becker is caught offside.

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Emil Forsberg.

Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keven Schlotterbeck (1. FC Union Berlin).

Foul by Willi Orban (RB Leipzig).

Sebastian Polter (1. FC Union Berlin) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sebastian Polter (1. FC Union Berlin) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sheraldo Becker following a fast break.

Willi Orban (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Ujah (1. FC Union Berlin).

Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marius Bülter (1. FC Union Berlin).

Substitution

Substitution, RB Leipzig. Emil Forsberg replaces Kevin Kampl.

Attempt missed. Anthony Ujah (1. FC Union Berlin) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FC Union Berlin. Sebastian Polter replaces Sebastian Andersson.

Goal!

Goal! 1. FC Union Berlin 0, RB Leipzig 4. Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcel Sabitzer with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, RB Leipzig. Christopher Nkunku replaces Timo Werner.

Foul by Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).

Grischa Prömel (1. FC Union Berlin) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Robert Andrich (1. FC Union Berlin) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig).

Keven Schlotterbeck (1. FC Union Berlin) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Anthony Ujah (1. FC Union Berlin) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Andrich.

Attempt missed. Robert Andrich (1. FC Union Berlin) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, RB Leipzig. Konrad Laimer replaces Diego Demme.

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