German Recap: Pefok Held Goalless as Union Berlin Lose First Game

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Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin were kept goalless as they lost their first Bundesliga game of the season to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 Union Berlin

Eintracht Frankfurt’s goals in the first half were more than enough to lead them to the shutout win over Union Berlin at Deutsche Bank Park to end the unbeaten record of the capital team.

Jordan Pefok started and played the entire game for Union, completing 77 percent of his passes and winning two duels along with taking three shots. Tim Chandler saw no action for Frankfurt as he remained on the bench.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 12th minute when former German international Mario Gotze tucked the ball into the back of the net after a pass from teammate Randal Kolo Muani.

The Eagles kept the pressure up and were rewarded with a second goal in the 42nd minute. Jesper Lindstrom intercepted an errant pass, sprinted towards the visitor’s goal, and skipped past three defenders before slotting his shot past goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow.

Union tried to get back into the game as they entered the second half. They even had a man advantage when Muani was sent off for a second yellow card. However, Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp was in fine form as he kept their opponents at bay.

Despite the loss, Union remains atop of the Bundesliga standings on 17 points.


In other action around the Bundesliga, Joe Scally played 77 minutes as Borussia Monchengladbach was annihilated by Werder Bremen by a 5-1 scoreline.

Kevin Paredes played the final 14 minutes for Wolfsburg as a stoppage-time goal saw them end up the victors in a thrilling 3-2 win over Pellegrino Matarazzo’s Stuttgart.

In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green played 77 minutes and scored a goal while Timothy Tillman came off the bench as Greuther Furth settled for a 1-1 draw with Sandhausen.

Terrence Boyd started for Kaiserslautern as their game with Eintracht Braunschweig ended in a 1-1 draw.

George Bello went the distance as Arminia Bielefeld suffered a heavy 4-1 loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Lennard Maloney played 90 plus minutes for Heidenheim as they ended up shairing the spoing with St. Pauli following 0-0 draw.

Down in the 3. Liga, Mael Corboz helped Verl to a 2-1 win over Elversberg.

Kevin Lankford played the final two minutes and change for Viktoria Cologne as they went down in a narrow 2-1 loss to Oldenburg.

Isaiah Young played 26 minutes for Rot-Weiss Essen in their 3-1 defeat to Wehen Wiesbaden.


Kenya Brown

Born in America, but raised in Europe and Asia, Kenya has loved soccer ever since his parents put a ball at his feet. While covering some of the top U.S. players around Europe, he loves putting the spotlight on players who are based in leagues off the beaten path. He also interviews coaches and other people in the game to gain more insight.

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