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2022-23 German Bundesliga
  • Luca Kilian (81')
  • Timo Hübers (3' OG)

Union Berlin go top of the Bundesliga with win against Cologne

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Union Berlin tops the Bundesliga after defeating Cologne (2:14)

Union Berlin moves two points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga after beating Cologne 1-0. (2:14)

Union Berlin moved two points clear of champions Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga after winning 1-0 at Cologne on Sunday thanks to an own goal early in the game.

In a whirlwind opening to the match, Union were fortunate to take the lead in the third minute when Cologne defender Timo Hubers' attempted block from a low cross deflected past his goalkeeper at the near post.

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Cologne were unlucky to concede a penalty five minutes later when a header came off the back of Luca Kilian's elbow but goalkeeper Marvin Schwabe saved Jordan Pefok's tame spot-kick to deny Union a two-goal cushion.

Union had chances to double their lead, with Bundesliga top scorer Sheraldo Becker's smartly taken goal from an acute angle ruled offside by VAR while Christopher Trimmel saw his chipped effort come off the crossbar.

Kilian's afternoon got worse when he was sent off for a second yellow card as he tried to stop an Union counter-attack and 10-man Cologne could not find a way past the visitors, who held on for the win.

Freiburg had the chance to leapfrog Union when they faced Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday but they drew 0-0.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 15 +36 34
2 SC Freiburg 15 +8 30
3 RB Leipzig 15 +9 28
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 15 +8 27
5 1. FC Union Berlin 15 +4 27
6 Borussia Dortmund 15 +4 25
7 VfL Wolfsburg 15 +4 23
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 15 +4 22
9 Werder Bremen 15 -2 21
10 Mainz 15 -5 19
11 TSG Hoffenheim 15 0 18
12 Bayer Leverkusen 15 -1 18
13 FC Cologne 15 -8 17
14 FC Augsburg 15 -8 15
15 Hertha Berlin 15 -3 14
16 VfB Stuttgart 15 -9 14
17 VfL Bochum 15 -22 13
18 Schalke 04 15 -19 9