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Professionals, 20. May 2019

Union Berlin the opponents in relegation play-off

The relegation play-off against the third-placed team from Bundesliga 2 will be played on Thursday 23 May at the Mercedes-Benz Arena and Monday 27 May in Berlin.

On Sunday, VfB found out who their opponents will be in the relegation play-off. A 2-2 draw at VfL Bochum saw 1. FC Union Berlin end the 34-match season with 57 points (and a goal difference of +21), meaning that they finished third behind 1. FC Köln and SC Paderborn (who had the same number of points but a goal difference of +26). VfB will now face the team from the capital in the relegation play-off.

VfB host Union this Thursday at 20:30 CEST at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, with tickets already sold out. The second leg then takes place in Berlin on Monday 27 May, also with a 20:30 kick-off.

VfB head of sport Thomas Hitzlsperger: "I’m expecting two very tough games against very strong opponents. Union Berlin have had a good season in the second tier and put in some impressive performances, keeping their shape and their discipline. It’s not easy to score against Union. We want to maintain the momentum we’ve built up in our Bundesliga matches at home, go out there with confidence and get off to a good start on Thursday with our fans behind us at the Mercedes-Benz Arena."