Hertha BSC delivered a sensitive blow to 1. FC Union Berlin on Friday. The team of trainer Bruno Labbadia won the loaded Berlin derby in an empty Olympiastadion with large numbers: 4-0.
Hertha owed the victory to a very strong first quarter of the second half. The formation scored three of the four goals, thereby also immediately beating the final blow to the hopeless Union.
Vedad Ibisevic broke the spell in the 51st minute with a striking header from a razor-sharp cross by Marvin Plattenhardt (1-0) and less than a minute later Dodi Lukebakio doubled the score after an excellent action by Ibisevic (2-0).
Matheus Cunha made it 3-0 in the 61st minute with a watched slider and Dedryck Boyata set the final score at 4-0 in the 77th minute with a striking header from a corner. Javairô Dilrosun came in just before the 4-0, Karim Rekik and Sheraldo Becker were missing due to injuries.
Hertha players stick to protocol this time
Hertha, which also finished 0-3 with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim last week, rose to tenth place because of the new victory. Union, which lost 0-2 to Bayern Munich last week, is twelfth with four points less than Hertha.
The Hertha players received a lot of criticism last week for jumping each other in celebrating the goals, but they kept the protocol neatly against Union by just touching each other with the elbow.
The Bundesliga was resumed after two months last week. All of this weekend’s games are preceded by a minute of silence, and players wear a mourning band to commemorate the victims of the corona crisis.
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