SC Freiburg demolish 1. FC Union Berlin in an exciting early stage and position themselves as Bayern’s number one chasers at the end of a great year. Vincenzo Grifo scores three times.
When Vincenzo Grifo was called by the Freiburg fans, he quickly hugged his daughter in the captain’s arms. The three-time scorer climbed the fence together with goalkeeper Mark Flekken.
The Bundesliga standings blared over the stadium’s loudspeakers and SC Freiburg’s pros sang: “Oh, that’s good.” Coach Christian Streich was celebrated with chants as his team overwintered as Bayern’s number one hunters. “There will be other times,” warned Streich in front of the DAZN camera.
Griffo’s hat-trick in just 16 minutes saw Badeners storm into second place in the Bundesliga at the end of the year, winning the top-of-the-table game 1-1. FC Jun Berlin 4:1 (4:0) after a fierce first round. ).
Captain Christian Gunter said: “That was the crowning glory.” And Grifo meant. “I’m still completely out of control. It was one of the best games I played. I’m just happy.” “The first half was a nightmare,” said Unions Paul Seguin and Robin Knoche. “The early stages killed us.” Grifo scored twice with penalties (4th and 20th minutes) and once after a beautiful counterattack (6th). The fourth goal was scored by Michael Gregoric (45+1).
Urs Fisher. “The disappointment is palpable.”
Sven Michel (84th) scored a consolation goal for the frustrated and disappointed Berliners with a penalty kick. “In the first half, the form of the game did not work out, it was difficult to understand,” said Union coach Urs Fischer. “The disappointment is palpable.”
After the World Cup break, Freiburg are first-placed Bayern Munich for the rest of the season, four points behind the leaders. For the Berliners, who ended the English week with just one point to stay in fifth place, defender Diogo Leite also saw an early red card for an emergency brake in front of 33,800 spectators (19th).
Everything that could go wrong did for the visitors in the first 20 minutes. Referee Denise Aytekin first decided to award a penalty after the assistant referee’s instructions as Union captain Christopher Trimmell had the ball in his hands and Griffo headed into the right corner on the halfway line. Freiburg then capitalized on a Berlin error on the counter-attack, which Grifo finished off after some good interplay with Gregorić to make it 2-0.
Fastest hat-trick in Freiburg league history
Again just two minutes later, a penalty was awarded at the other end after Nikolas Höfler’s foul on Sheraldo Becker. Union defender Knoche put the ball on the left post (10th). And this was not a terrible start for Köpenicker. Less than 20 minutes had passed when referee Aitekin awarded another penalty for a foul on Japanese Freiburg World Cup rider Ritsu Doan by Diogo Leite and sent off the visiting defender. Griffo hit the top left corner this time.
It was the fastest hat-trick in Freiburg’s Bundesliga history and the fastest by a top-flight professional since Michael Tonies, who scored three times in just 16 minutes in MSV Duisburg’s 6-2 win over Karlsruher in August 1991. Griffo, who returned to the starting line-up four days after the 3-1 draw at RB Leipzig, has nine goals this season and has already set a personal best in the Bundesliga.
Freiburg ends a great year
Gregoric then went one better in first-half injury time. After a pass from Doan, he slotted the ball past Union goalkeeper Lennart Grill and into the net to make it 4-0. After the break, the game just rolled around for long stretches.
Freiburgers ended a great year with a gala. In the second half of last season, they played all the way for Champions League qualification and reached the final of the DFB Cup for the first time. They are currently in the cup as well as the Europa League round of 16 and in the league, behind record champions Bayern Munich in second place.
An overall strong year ended in disappointment for the Union, who also spent the winter in two cup competitions and also returned to the league for the European Cups, but still with a goal from substitute Michel.
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