Entering this fixture, Hertha Berlin and Union Berlin were separated by just one point in the Bundesliga table with 11th and 12th place being occupied by the teams respectively. Hertha found their return to football after the Coronavirus hiatus to be fruitful with a 3-0 win over 9th place Hoffenheim while Union didn’t see their return to the pitch as grand, losing 2-0 to league leaders Bayern Munich.
History did not fall in favor of Hertha for this Berlin Derby. The two Capital-based sides had only faced off in five competitive matches that saw Hertha win just once 8 years ago back in the Bundesliga 2. The two teams have already dueled in this Bundesliga season, with Union Berlin coming out as victors with a 1-0 victory back in November.
Much like Union Berlin’s fixture with Bayern Munich, the game began as a slow burner. It was indeed Hertha Berlin with the more significant chances at goal in the first half of the match, but Union Berlin once again had to exercise their organized defense to prevent Hertha from taking any sort of early lead.
The heavy defence from Union paid off in the first half, holding the games scoreline at 0-0. There was still much to worry about from a Union Berlin point of view as the team was incapable of registering a shot on goal during the entire first half. Hertha on the other hand had a slew of chances resulting in nothing because of the stout and organized defense of Union.
The second half began with a flurry of chances for Hertha Berlin as they went on to score two goals in one minute and eight seconds thanks to Veded Ibisevic’s header and Dodi Lukebakio’s magical dribbling that saw him glide past the Union goalkeeper. Also, this happened in the 50th and 51st minute of the game, so the second half saw Hetha make their mark on the game swiftly after halftime.
In the 61st minute, Hertha’s party continued on as Matheus Cunha joined in on the goal scoring fun to leave the Union Berlin defense in shambles. That would make it three goals in an 11 minute span as it seemed like Hertha cracked the code for goals galore. The 77th minute saw a familiar sight. Yet another goal from Hertha. Only this time, the goal came from a corner kick placed beautifully on the head of defenseman Dedryk Boyata.
For a match that has history reaching as far back as World War II, Hertha made sure to grab all sorts of bragging rights over their in-city counterparts. Similar to most Bundesliga fixtures since the restart, games have seen uneventful first halves marred by exhilarating and goal-filled second halves.
Hertha Berlin now see them with 34 points in 10th place in the Bundesliga table with their next fixture coming up against RB Leipzig on May 27th while Union Berlin see themselves match up against FSV Mainz on the same day.
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