Berlin (dpa) – In the end, only the opponents of Schalke 04 celebrated again. And this time with fan contact, which was at least debatable in Corona times.
Royal blue could not find its way out of the crisis even with the weakening promoted 1. FC Union Berlin. The Berlin professionals, on the other hand, were cheered for the important point win at 1: 1 (1: 1) on Sunday by around 30 fans, who had sung outside the stadium in small groups and at a distance throughout the game.
Schalke set their own negative record of twelve games without a win. Against the iron team, who have been victorious for seven games, coach David Wagner’s team once again had an extremely difficult time, making them the worst team in the Bundesliga since the restart after the Corona break. “I haven’t seen a lot of football highlights from either team. That’s normal in the situation in which both teams are,” said Wagner.
It was an important point for Union. Robert Andrich (11th minute) put the hosts in the lead. Jonjoe Kenny (28th) equalized for Schalke and thus at least ensured the first Schalke point win since the restart.
After the final whistle, the Berlin professionals thanked the fans who had audibly supported their team from the forest. The police saw no reason to intervene, although according to the Corona concept, fan casseroles outside the arenas should be prevented. “We stood on the benches and had visual contact. That is of course outstanding and really nice at the time,” Union scorer Andrich described the scene after the final whistle.
Union press chief Christian Arbeit saw no action against the hygiene concept of the German Football League through the action on the stadium fence: “You didn’t come close to the fans. It complied with the rules of distance keeping. Everything was correct. There was no complaint from anyone Side. The police were present and did not give any orders to leave. ” A response from the DFL to the spontaneous action was still pending.
Union was able to widen the gap to relegation rank by four points and is slowly approaching the big goal of staying in the league. Schalke no longer has to worry with 38 points. However, the performance in the stadium at the Alte Försterei was again far too little for their own international demands.
Both teams knelt before the kick-off as a sign of racism against the middle circle – referee Tobias Stieler also joined the team with his team.
Schalke coach Wagner rebuilt tactically and offered Salif Sané as a replacement for the suspended Weston McKennie as a clearer in front of a chain of four. Union acted more aggressively than usual. Anthony Ujah used a mistake by Juan Miranda to present to Andrich, who scored his first Bundesliga goal. Union led for the first time in a game after the Corona break. And that was good for the Iron. Andersson (13th), Florian Hübner (15th) and Ujah (24th) had the best chance of increasing. The gaps in the Schalke defensive were serious.
Schalke did not have a real chance of scoring in the first half and was still equalized – and even outnumbered. When Rabbi Matondo was treated badly, Union showed unusual passivity in the whole cover. Kenny pulled away and hit the corner exactly. Union withdrew more in the second half. Obviously, one point was too important for the iron people to take further risks. Schalke could not use the growing excess weight for compelling actions.