1. FC Union Berlin 1-1 Arminia Bielefeld: Berliners and Bielefeld held to another draw
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Despite going ahead once again, Union Berlin failed to hold onto their lead and were forced to share the points with draw specialists, Arminia Bielefeld.

Kessel gives Union the lead

The snow was coming down as Sven Jablonski blew the whistle to get the action underway, and it was the home fans who would be warmed first by some excellent attacking play from their side. A superb ball over the Bielefeld defence from Eroll Zejnullahu set Bobby Wood free on goal, and the American controlled well before striking the crossbar on the volley.

His pacey on the slippery, snowy surface was proving far too much for the opposition, and a long Daniel Haas goal-kick was flicked into the path of Wood by Damir Kreilach. One on one with Wolfgang Hesl, his effort cannoned out off the post; the home faithful could hardly believe their luck.

For all their stylish play, it was a goalmouth scramble that saw Union get a deserved goal. Kreilach was again the man to win the first header, and a deflection off an unsuspecting Bielefeld defender allowed the ball to fall into Benjami Kessel's path. He made no mistake from two yards out, slamming the ball into the back of the net.

Parensen levels, Union hit the woodwork for a third time

Things were going brilliantly for the hosts, but they would quickly be pegged back by Arminia after the break. After Florian Dick's corner was cleared back out to him, he managed to whip in a great delivery to the back post. Manuel Hornig was able to knock the ball back into the six yard area, where Michael Parensen unfortunately put through his own goal.

The capital club came back at Bielefeld and were desperately unlucky, yet again, when it came to finding the back of the net. Some decent play out wide saw Maximilian Thiel move inside and find Stephan Fürstner, who unleashed a smashing 30 yard drive that bounced back out off the underside of the bar. That was the last chance of the game, and Union knew they should have taken all three points from the clash.

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