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Hertha BSC – 1. FC Union Berlin 0: 2: Derby winner! Iron increases the old lady’s worries



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Union won the Berlin city championship again and Hertha BSC fell even deeper into the crisis with the 2-0 (1-0) in the Olympic Stadium.

The emotional state could not have been more different. While the wildly jumping players from Union Berlin celebrated their fifth city championship in a row in front of their overjoyed fans, the bruised Hertha professionals trotted towards the east curve with their heads bowed. The supporters of the hosts vented their anger after the third defeat this year – after the 0: 2 (0: 1) the fear of relegation in the penultimate table is increasing.

“The points didn’t come. It’s very bitter and disappointing,” said Sandro Schwarz sky. The Hertha coach had received another job guarantee from sports director Fredi Bobic before the kick-off.

Danilho Doekhi (44′) and Paul Seguin (67′) scored for the team coached by Urs Fischer, who remain the first pursuers of leaders Bayern Munich. “Every win in the Bundesliga is great for us,” said managing director Oliver Ruhnert and gave the reasons for the success: “We didn’t allow much, Hertha hardly had a chance to score. We used the few opportunities we had.”

For Schwarz, the prestige duel with the rival from Köpenick came “exactly at the right time” despite the colossal false start after the World Cup break. There is a “huge chance to turn the mood around,” Schwarz said in advance.

Union wins Berlin derby against Hertha

The 74,667 fans in the sold-out Olympic Stadium – most of them in blue and white – provided the right derby backdrop. And Hertha tried hard not to silence the loud encouragement from the ranks.

Despite the recent low blows against VfL Bochum and VfL Wolfsburg, the intensity, mentality and body language were right. Duels were accepted, balls were won back with a willingness to run, the positional game worked. Union’s play structure suffered as a result. Hertha did not create any danger from their own possession of the ball.

Union was solid defensively despite the initial set-up mistakes, but had major problems on the offensive. A few counterattacks via the fast Sheraldo Becker were played out uncleanly. Long balls cleared Hertha’s defense safely. Union coach Urs Fischer corrected a lot on the sidelines, the dissatisfaction was noticeable in the Swiss.

The game was characterized by intense duels. Goal chances were rare, Marco Richter (33) aimed too high at Hertha’s greatest opportunity before the break from a central position. Union only became a little more dangerous at the end of the first half.

Hertha was unsure about opposing standards and was punished. Doekhi headed free from a free kick, Union’s first shot at the Hertha goal brought the lead – once again the Köpenickers proved their enormous effectiveness.

A gasping after the shock was only partially recognizable. Hertha kept trying in the second half, but attacks usually fizzled out before the last third. Seguin made the decision after a counterattack.

Hertha BSC – Union Berlin: The voices of the game

Sandro Schwarz (Hertha BSC coach): “We played a very good first half, were very active and courageous. It’s disappointing in terms of the result. We know you need points in our situation.”

Urs Fischer (Coach Union Berlin): “It was a hard-fought derby. It was very close for 90 minutes. In the end we’re the happy winners. We were efficient. If I look at the whole 90 minutes, I wouldn’t call it a top team.”

Hertha BSC – Union Berlin: The data for the game

Hertha: Christensen – Pekarik (Kevin-Prince Boateng 77), Uremovic, Kempf, Plattenhardt – Tousart – Boetius (Niederlechner 69), Serdar – Lukebakio, Kanga (Ngankam 61), judges.

Union: Rönnow – Doekhi, Knoche, Leite – Trimmel, Khedira, Roussillon (70th Gießelmann) – Schäfer (46th Seguin), Haberer (89th Haraguchi) – Becker (84th Michel), Behrens (70th Jordan).

Gates: 0-1 Doekhi (44′), 0-2 Seguin (67′)

Yellow cards: Kevin-Prince Boateng – Khedira (6), Seguin (3)