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2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Ellyes Skhiri (36')
  • Taiwo Awoniyi (27')
  • Max Kruse (72')

Impressive Union beat Cologne 2-1 to climb to fifth place

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Kruse secures another Union Berlin win (1:32)

Max Kruse's record penalty streak ends, but he's still able to earn Union Berlin three points vs. Cologne. Watch Bundesliga on ESPN+. (1:32)

Union Berlin's Max Kruse scored a second-half winner as they snatched a 2-1 victory at Cologne on Sunday to stretch their club record unbeaten run to seven Bundesliga matches and climb to fifth place.

Kruse scored on the rebound in the 72nd minute after Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn saved his penalty, denying the 32-year-old forward a league record of 17 consecutive successful spot kicks.

Taiwo Awoniyi had put the in-form visitors, unbeaten on the road this season, ahead in the 27th minute before Ellyes Skhiri pulled Cologne level with a close-range effort.

The defeat means Cologne are without a win in their last 18 Bundesliga matches, matching their club record, while also equalling the club record of 10 home games without a win.

Union are on 15 points in fifth -- their best ever position -- while Cologne, who hit the woodwork with the last kick of the game, dropped to second-bottom on three after eight games.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 24 +37 55
2 RB Leipzig 24 +26 53
3 VfL Wolfsburg 24 +17 45
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 24 +14 43
5 Bayer Leverkusen 24 +16 40
6 Borussia Dortmund 24 +15 39
7 FC Union Berlin 24 +10 35
8 SC Freiburg 24 -1 34
9 VfB Stuttgart 24 +8 33
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 24 +3 33
11 TSG Hoffenheim 24 -2 30
12 Werder Bremen 23 -6 27
13 FC Augsburg 24 -13 26
14 FC Cologne 24 -20 22
15 Hertha Berlin 24 -15 21
16 Arminia Bielefeld 23 -23 19
17 Mainz 24 -21 18
18 Schalke 04 24 -45 10