Union Berlin’s substitute Cedric Teuchert scored late to shock third-placed Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 and move to fourth in Friday’s Bundesliga.
Midway through the first half, Teuchert came on for the injured Sheraldo Becker and missed opportunities before eventually overcoming Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky in the 88th minute after Christopher Lenz’s brilliant through the pass.
“A few successful counterattacks before the target is fully accomplished. An impressive victory’ said Union forward Marcus Ingvartsen.
However, with Leverkusen midfielder Nadiem Amiri approaching Union midfielder Florian Hubner aggressively and pointing his finger in his direction, the game ended on a sour note.
Coach Urs Fischer of the Union sought to console the angry Amiri.
Defender Jonathan Tah of Leverkusen told broadcaster DAZN that Amiri was insulted by an opponent who used a racially charged word referring to the Afghan history of the German midfielder.
” No matter how emotional things get, it doesn’t belong on the football pitch,” Tah said.
“This is the bitterest part of the evening. There are, I hope, consequences.”
“He skipped the alleged incident,” Fischer said.
” I heard on the pitch there were words that have no place on the pitch. ” I have heard from both sides that words between two sides are exchanged,” said Fischer.
In four games, Leverkusen dominated possession but lacked efficacy and slumped to its third loss. Before losing at home to Bayern Munich 2-1 on Dec. 19, Peter Bosz’s team had been undefeated and it has not won since.
The Union shocked many in its second season in the Bundesliga, a season in which relegation was supposed to be battled. Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Wolfsburg have already won points. With 32 goals, it has the second-best offense. Only Bayern will have more.
” We’ve stepped up a lot this season. Almost every game is perfect for our organization,” Ingvartsen said after Union extended its unbeaten streak to six games.
“We know our fundamentals and this season we’ve been on the ball a lot more. We’re making even more. We’re coming out (compared) to last season as another band. I believe that everybody, as a person and as a team, has evolved.”