BERLIN (AP) — A late goal from Union Berlin defender Paul Jackel was enough for the capital club to lead the Bundesliga for the fourth straight weekend with a 1-0 win at Stuttgart on Sunday.
Nico Geiselmann delivered a corner that Jackel headed in off the left post in the 77th to win the championship game with little fanfare. It was only the Union’s second shot on target.
Stuttgart defender Konstantinos Mavarpanos hit the post in reply, before home team forward Serjo Gerasi was sent off with his second yellow card for a late challenge on Morten Thorsby’s leg. Gerasi apologized to the Norwegian midfielder.
Union are two points clear of Freiburg after nine rounds, and four points clear of 10-time defending champions Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who drew 2-2 on Saturday.
The Stuttgart fans suffered their team’s fourth defeat in nine games after they left second place without a win.
Gladbach take the derby trophy
Borussia Mönchengladbach ended their run of three consecutive Rhine derby matches with a 5-2 victory over 10-man Cologne.
The game was effectively decided at the end of the first half when Cologne midfielder Florian Cains was sent off for a second yellow card. Younes Hoffmann was another central figure and was involved in three goals and two penalties.
Rami Bensbini scored twice and Marcus Thurman completed the scoring in injury time.
Hertha Berlin and Freiburg’s unbeaten streak continued with a 2-2 draw.
Hertha extended their unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to five games, but are still waiting for their first win at home, and Freiburg are now 10 unbeaten in all competitions.
Hertha expressed solidarity before the match” All women in Iran are very brave to fight for their rights And noted that former Hertha player Ali Day is no longer allowed to leave the country after voicing his support for women’s rights.
The match took place a few days after Hertha Becker Lars Windhorst said he wants his money back After falling out with club management again.