Union Berlin secured their inaugural Champions League point on Wednesday, holding Napoli to a 1-1 draw in a tense match marred by fan conflicts in southern Italy. Ending a 12-game losing streak, Urs Fischer’s team showcased resilience, leveling the score with David Fofana’s 52nd-minute rebound finish against the reigning Italian champions.
Despite remaining at the bottom of Group C, trailing Napoli by six points, Union Berlin’s spirited performance resonated with their passionate supporters at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. The away end witnessed clashes with police and home fans prior to the game, adding to the intensity of the encounter.
Napoli, aiming for a crucial victory, seemed poised for success with Matteo Politano’s 39th-minute opener. However, Union Berlin’s well-organized defense and Fofana’s equalizer denied Napoli the win. Rudi Garcia’s side now trails leaders Real Madrid by two points, who have a chance to secure qualification with a home win against Braga.
Despite Napoli’s dominance in the match, they struggled against Union’s solid defense. Napoli remains in a strong position for qualification, sitting four points ahead of Braga. However, their upcoming clash with Real Madrid and the final group match against Braga in Naples will test their journey to the knockout stage.
The match in Naples was preceded by disorder among supporters, leading to the arrest of 11 Germans. Around 300 Union ultras created chaos in Naples, echoing scenes from March when Eintracht Frankfurt fans caused disturbances. Tensions persisted with scuffles outside the stadium and Napoli fans launching fireworks at the away end. The match concluded with Union Berlin’s faction celebrating a historic point, marking a memorable moment in their Champions League campaign.