How much fun fits in a football game? This question was answered from the point of view of all who hold it with the 1st FC Union, with a thunderous applause. With 2: 0 (2: 0), the Iron had defeated at this moment the 1st FC Cologne. But the result was only the final lucky stroke.
Even before the kick-off, the euphoria had built up, as initially promotion promise and Sporting Lisbon loan Carlos Man was euphorically welcomed in the circle of the Union and then the name of the one who appeared on the scoreboard ten years ago this day his first game for the Association had made. “Parensen, Parensen, Parensen,” it echoed from the tribune. That Michael Parensen had been in contact with Darmstadt 98 during the winter break – a gift. Substitute keeper Jakob Busk was actually missing in the squad. He, too, had thoughts of change, more concrete than Jubilar Parensen. They broke only at short notice, which is why the concentration might not be one hundred percent aimed at the match against Cologne. So young Lennart Moser took place next to Man and Parensen on the bench.
The anticipation had not yet subsided, as the playfulness already broke its course: Christopher Trimmel played surprisingly flat for the opponent instead of high on Sebastian Polter, the out to Suleiman Abdullahi, and what followed, was a copy of Polter’s goal of the month Septembers – just one more fantastic number: Marcel Hartel took the flank ball in the chest, turned after a scrutinizing look to the keeper away from the gate and shot in with a backflip in a high arc. After 25 game seconds. The only thing that was probably not planned for this brilliant attack was probably the forwarding of Polter. But hey, Ballweitstoppen never looked as good as at the moment.
First a creative break
Afterwards, however, the hosts took a half-hour creative break. The Cologne determined the rhythm of the game, the league range was dangerous only if the iron helped. Just like a corner from Christopher Trimmel, when the guest was given the midfield, and only Ken Reichel before Cordoba trimmed the counterattack. After that, Unions goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz was able to distinguish himself after Felix Kroos crossed the ball on the edge of the penalty area, irritated by colleague Manuel Schmiedebach. Gikiewicz parried this attempt by Dominik Drexler in one-on-one as well as the one just before the break. And the dreaded former Unioner Simon Terodde, who had previously netted 22 times for Cologne in 17 games? Just pushed the ball past.
At that time, however, Union’s central defender Florian Hbner had made his goal announcement from the winter training camp, and in the 30th minute, a Trimmel free kick headed for 2: 0. Nevertheless, the red-white joy in the Wackelperiode was permanently clouded: Polter pulled the Blessur on his left foot, because of which he had to be replaced shortly before the break. And captain Trimmel was shown the fifth yellow card of the season and is thus blocked for the away game on St. Pauli on Monday. Just like his defensive counterpart on the left side Reichel, who was directed with yellow-red of the place (67.).
In half two, Union continued to rely on seconds offensive. After one hour Polter replacement Sebastian Andersson had the chance to 3-0, the second after the lower edge lath header before the break. Otherwise Cologne pushed, and the Berlin defended – even in a minority – completely. Powered by almost 20,000 standing enthusiastic home fans. When Parensen defended the last seven minutes as the center of a five-line chain, the Union-luck was complete.