Of that duel of the first wheel of the championship, with fireworks, confrontations and three injured, the minute of silence in honor of the fatal victims of the coronavirus. The first berlin classic between 1. FC Union Berlin and the Hertha BSC, in November, it was played in a festive atmosphere. But this time the scenario was much calmer, in line with the “New normal” of football imposed by the pandemic of COVID-19.
By Date 27 of the Bundesliga, the first elite league to resume amid the outbreak of COVID-19, the capital’s derby had to adapt to protocols but that did not prevent emotions and the usual rain of goals in the German tournament: the Hertha was imposed by 4-0 to the Union in the stadium Olympic.
At first time the expected script was fulfilled, with an even development but with the Hertha being a little more protagonist. The cast directed by Bruno Labbadia slightly controlled the game from possession against a Union that whenever possible could look for Sebastian Andersson, his best player (11 goals in this championship, fifth in the scorers table).
But that lack of goal of the initial stage dissipated completely at the beginning of the second part. At minute 6 and in the minute 7, the Hertha got the first two goals: first with a send from the left maybe Marvin Plattenhardt and he was nodded by Truth Ibišević, who then leaked a pass for the convertor to be Dodi Lukebakio.
That flurry of goals gave peace of mind to the home side and brought down the Union, which did not take the third goal quickly: the Brazilian Matheus Cunha He made a fantastic move, pure dribbling and with a luxury assist to Lukebakio, who tried a Chilean but could not hit the ball. However, Ibišević took the ball and gave it to Cunha, who hit the ball hard and placed it near the second post of Gikiewicz, who had no chance to stop it.
The Old lady settled the lawsuit with a bit on the minute 77 converted by Dedryck Boyata, the former Manchester City center-back who converted his first goal of the season with a lethal headbutt. With this victory he adds 34 points and it is three units from sixth place, the last place in classifications for European competitions.
Thus ended a derby that still has no tradition in the top flight but that little by little begins to add antecedents and the rivalry is increasing. After that first confrontation in the elite that the Union won by 1-0, the Hertha he recovered with a resounding four-goal victory.
Although he has had two consecutive defeats in the league restart, the 1. FC Union Berlin He has achieved very good performances so far this season and adds 30 points, so it firmly aspires to ensure permanence. The Hertha BSCInstead, it has new leaders and its plan is to become a strong club in a big city, but that process has only just begun.
He has achieved two consecutive victories after the restart and his project is gaining strength. The previous day they won 3-0 at Hoffenheim’s home, which gave support and reassurance to Bruno Labbadia, the fourth coach to sit on the bench of the Hertha since August (one of the DT that could not be sustained was Jürgen Klinsmann).
BUNDESLIGA – DATE 27 | MATCH TIMETABLE:
• FRIDAY MAY 22
Hertha Berlin 4-0 Union Berlin
• SATURDAY MAY 23
10:30 (ARG) | 13:30 GMT – Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen (ESPN 2)
10:30 (ARG) | 13:30 GMT – VfL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund (FOX Sports)
10:30 (ARG) | 13:30 GMT – SC Paderborn 07 vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (ESPN Play)
10:30 (ARG) | 13:30 GMT – SC Freiburg vs. Werder Bremen (FOX Sports – Deferred at 22:00 (ARG), 01:00 GMT on 05/24)
13:30 (ARG) | 16:30 GMT – FC Bayern München vs Eintracht Frankfurt (ESPN 2)
• SUNDAY, MAY 24
08:30 (ARG) | 11:30 GMT – FC Schalke 04 vs. FC Augsburg (FOX Sports)
10:30 (ARG) | 13:30 GMT – 1. FSV Mainz 05 vs. RB Leipzig (ESPN 2)
13:00 (ARG) | 16:00 GMT – 1. FC Köln vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf (ESPN 2)
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