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2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Max Kruse (13')
  • Marcus Ingvartsen (49')
  • Marvin Friedrich (63')
  • Joel Pohjanpalo (64')

Kruse scores on first start as Union add to Mainz misery

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Union Berlin trounce sorry Mainz (2:00)

Union Berlin thrash Mainz 4-0 for their first win of the season. Watch Bundesliga on ESPN+. (2:00)

Veteran forward Max Kruse scored for his sixth different Bundesliga club while Joel Pohjanpalo netted 35 seconds into his debut as Union Berlin thrashed hapless Mainz 05 4-0 on Friday, leaving the visitors pointless after three games.

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The 32-year-old Kruse returned to the Bundesliga this season after one year with Fenerbahce and needed only 13 minutes of his first start with Union to make his mark.

Sheraldo Becker was sent clear down the right and Kruse met his cross with a powerful header at the far post to break the deadlock.

Kruse squandered another good chance in the 28th minute while Mainz, under interim coach Jan-Moritz Lichte following Achim Beierlorzer's sacking on Monday, failed to muster a shot on target in the first half.

Union increased their lead four minutes after the break with a simple goal after Christopher Trimmer got clear down the right and Marcus Ingvartsen slotted the ball in at the far post.

Trimmer also set up the third in the 63rd minute with another inviting cross which Marvin Friedrich headed in and substitute Pohjanpalo scored the fourth one minute later, 35 seconds after coming on for his debut.

It was the first time Union Berlin, who have four points from three games, had scored more than three goals in a Bundesliga match.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 9 +18 22
2 RB Leipzig 9 +12 20
3 Bayer Leverkusen 9 +7 19
4 Borussia Dortmund 9 +12 18
5 VfL Wolfsburg 9 +6 17
6 FC Union Berlin 9 +10 16
7 Borussia Monchengladbach 9 +3 15
8 FC Augsburg 9 -1 12
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 9 -2 12
10 VfB Stuttgart 9 +2 11
11 Werder Bremen 9 -2 11
12 TSG Hoffenheim 9 -1 9
13 Hertha Berlin 9 -3 8
14 SC Freiburg 9 -10 7
15 FC Cologne 9 -5 6
16 Mainz 9 -11 5
17 Arminia Bielefeld 9 -13 4
18 Schalke 04 9 -22 3