Paderborn snatch second win of season

December 10, 2019

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BERLIN: Struggling Paderborn snatched only their second Bundesliga win of the season on Sunday, beating Werder Bremen 1-0 away with a last-minute goal awarded following a VAR review.

Substitute Sven Michel, who had only been on the pitch for six minutes, swept home Streli Mamba’s pass in the 90th minute and, although the goal was initially disallowed for offside against Mamba, referee Sascha Stegemann changed his mind after a lengthy VAR review.

Bremen, themselves a modest 14th in the 18-team table, had the better chances and appeared closer to a winner in the latter stages as Milot Rashica fired over and Leonardo Bittencourt sent a shot into the side netting.

Paderborn, who have eight points from 14 games, moved off the bottom of the table on goal difference from Cologne who earlier lost 2-0 at Union Berlin where Sebastian Andersson scored both goals for the hosts, who are 10th.

The Swedish striker struck in both halves to give Union their sixth league win overall, and offer hope to their fans who sang Jingle Bells in the stadium that their team can survive the first season in the Bundesliga.

Union are seven points clear of the relegation zone after 14 games, and only six points from the European places.

Published in Dawn, December 10th, 2019