Rani Khedira leads Union Berlin to 3rd place in Bundesliga
Sun, Mar 19, 2023
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BERLIN (AP) - Former Germany midfielder Sami Khedira watched as his brother Rani Khedira led Union Berlin to third place in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win over visiting Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.
Rani Khedira was captain in place of the absent Christopher Trimmel and he broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute with the final say in a goalmouth scramble after a corner. His older brother, who last played for city rival Hertha Berlin before retiring in 2021, tried capturing the celebrations on his mobile phone.
Frankfurt had created more chances but failed to put any away with Union goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow at his best for the home team.
Union forward Sheraldo Becker had a fine strike ruled out for offside before substitute Kevin Behrens sealed the win after a long kick from Ronnow in the 75th. Behrens was quickest to the ball and he squeezed his shot through the legs of Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp for his fifth Bundesliga goal of the season.
It stretched Union's unbeaten run at home in the league to 18 games and lifted the team three points ahead of Leipzig and Freiburg, which played at Mainz later Sunday.
Also later, Bayern Munich played at Bayer Leverkusen with the 10-time defending champion needing to avoid defeat to return to the top of the league.
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