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Doekhi head monster raises the Federation to third place

Union Berlin remain a home powerhouse and are unbeaten in an der Alten Foresteri with 20 points from eight matches. The 3-1 win over TSG Hoffenheim was down to their determination and a bit of luck.

Preliminary Decision in Alte Försterei: Danilho Doekhi wins the aerial duel against Oliver Baumann and heads to make it 2-1.

All that shine after the long break wasn’t gold. Despite the good stage, Union did not really enter the game against the powerful Hoffenheim in the first round. To make matters worse, the Irons missed a penalty (Jordan Sepacho, 25th) and got a receipt from the TSG forward in his season debut (43rd).

Tremmel Happy, Show Rider Served

After rebooting it was a different game. “The second half was very good,” Christopher Tremmell grinned in an interview with Sky. The veteran played a key role in the turnaround: the tough Berliners had left a lot of the game, so Standards had to fix it. Trimmel took two corner kicks, goals scored by Danilho Doekhi twice and three on the season (all with a header) sealed the win and turned the tables (73′, 89′). Visiting coach Andre Breitenreiter criticized the displeasure: “The two standard goals scored should not happen like this.”

The 49-year-old did not comment on the second goal in an interview. This would have been justified, because for Union, in addition to strength and will, there was also luck: in front of the corner, which Doekhi shook again after Trimmel’s cross, the offside position by Levin Öztunali was ignored by the referee’s team.

Urs Fischer didn’t care, the Swiss stressed the “great morale and mentality” of his followers, which Berliners now welcome from third place on the board.