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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 8 +16 19
2 Borussia Dortmund 8 +13 18
3 Bayer Leverkusen 8 +7 18
4 RB Leipzig 8 +11 17
5 FC Union Berlin 8 +10 15
6 VfL Wolfsburg 8 +4 14
7 Borussia Monchengladbach 8 0 12
8 VfB Stuttgart 8 +4 11
9 Werder Bremen 8 0 11
10 FC Augsburg 8 -1 11
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 8 -2 11
12 TSG Hoffenheim 8 -1 8
13 Hertha Berlin 8 -3 7
14 SC Freiburg 8 -10 6
15 Mainz 8 -11 4
16 Arminia Bielefeld 8 -12 4
17 FC Cologne 8 -6 3
18 Schalke 04 8 -19 3