Christopher Trimmel made his 200th Union Berlin appearance last night as Die Eisernen recorded their first league win of the new Bundesliga season.
Urs Fischer’s side ran out 4-0 winners against Mainz 05 to move them up to third in the table ahead of today’s matches.
Union Berlin Secure Comprehensive Win
Trimmel Reaching Landmarks
While it was a solid display for Union and captain Trimmel, it is a testament to the importance that the Austrian provides at the club.
The 33-year-old joined Die Eisernen from Rapid Wien back in 2014 and has been an integral part of the team since his arrival. The full-back was key as Union secured promotion to the top flight two seasons ago, and his experience and threat from set-pieces was a key attribute to keeping their Bundesliga status alive last season.
Before last nights game, Trimmel was awarded Unioner des Jahres 2020 and was handed a gift to commemorate his appearance achievement.
Debut Goals, First Starts and Solid Display for Union
It was everything that Union fans could have asked for. Max Kruse was given his first start and he capped it off with a goal, while new signing Joel Pohjanpalo scored with his first touch after coming on as a second-half substitute.
Marcus Ingvartsen and Marvin Friedrich added the second and third goals in the second half as Die Eisernen gave their 5,000 supporters an evening of entertainment.
The result was never really in doubt and Union looked comfortable from the off. Christopher Lenz struck over from range before Kruse expertly turned home Sheraldo Becker’s perfect cross to give the hosts a deserved lead.
Becker looked lethal down the right-wing and almost picked out Kruse again, but the forward was unable to turn the ball on target.
The second half saw Union run riot. Nico Schlotterbeck found Trimmel with a terrific pass, and the Austrian drove forward before finding Ingvartsen to slot home.
Just after the hour mark, Trimmel recorded his second assist of the evening. The 33-year-old whipped a deep cross and Friedrich smashed home the header. Fischer then brought on Pohjanpalo and within ten seconds, he had netted his first Union goal. The Finland international swung for the ball with his left foot, but the ball fell to his right foot to allow an easy finish.
The club captain was replaced with fifteen minutes remaining. The 33-year-old is due to represent Austria next week and was given a standing ovation by the Union supporters.