Union Berlin are now a major irritant to the Bundesliga’s established order | Andy Brassell
Urs Fischer’s team were brutal and unforgiving against Schalke, not the cuddly club of football fablesThose records keep tumbling. Their longest top-flight unbeaten run (now 11) was extended. This is the first time they have gone unbeaten in five Bundesliga away games. Add to that, of course, the big one – this was their biggest ever Bundesliga win, at the home of one of German football’s iconic clubs in front of a sold-out, 62,000-plus crowd. Union Berlin are not a curio, not a fleeting story and more than a minor irritant to the Bundesliga’s established order.Saturday’s 6-1 win at Schalke took Union level on points with Bayern Munich at the summit, planting their flag again in unexpectedly high grounds, just as they had done in getting to the top flight for the first time in 2019, and in becoming Berlin’s preeminent force over the larger and more well-heeled Hertha, having beaten their city rivals four times in a row (including, with some comfort, in this season’s opening match). They will face the next challenge from the best possible angle; next week, they meet Bayern in Berlin.