1-1 in Berlin derby

1-1 in Berlin derby

No winner in the Berlin Bundesliga derby. A point at 1. FC Union does not help Hertha BSC in their fight against relegation. Union, on the other hand, still have their sights set on the European Cup.

1. FC Union Berlin - Hertha BSC

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Hertha's Dodi Lukebakio and Union's Nico Schlotterbeck in a header duel.

However, coach Pal Dardai's team did not really benefit much from Sunday's hard-fought 1-1 (1-1) to move decisively away from the dangerous zone at the bottom of the table. After the 27th matchday, Hertha, in 14th place with 25 points, are only two points ahead of the relegation places and still have to improve considerably to remain in the league.
Although Hertha can now call themselves city champions after the 3:1 from the first half of the season and the draw, the "Eisernen" will probably finish well ahead of their local rivals in the standings. Coach Urs Fischer's team, in seventh place, has 39 points on its account and thus still has a good chance of qualifying for the European Cup. Robert Andrich (10th minute) scored for the hosts in Köpenick, Dodi Lukebakio (35th/foul penalty) was successful for Hertha.
Even without fans, there was a deafening noise in the stadium An der Alten Försterei at the start. For about three minutes after kick-off, countless rockets and other pyrotechnics were set off outside the arena. A small fire broke out on the roof of a stall. Regardless of this, the game continued without a break - and the "Eisernen" took a deserved early lead. Andrich, who was once active in Hertha's youth team for many years, beat keeper Alexander Schwolow with his shot from around 20 metres.
The 28-year-old came on for the first time in the league under Dardai because the Norwegian regular goalkeeper Rune Jarstein is in quarantine for a short time after a positive coronavirus test. Hertha struggled without the veteran and were initially unable to build on their 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen, while Union almost added a second goal early on. The hosts were as aggressive as usual and left little room for the West Berliners to develop with their physical style of play.
The 28-year-old came on for the first time in the league under Dardai because the Norwegian regular goalkeeper Rune Jarstein is in quarantine for a short time after a positive coronavirus test. Hertha struggled without the veteran and were initially unable to build on their 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen, while Union almost added a second goal early on. The hosts were as aggressive as usual and left little room for the West Berliners to develop with their physical style of play.
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In the second half, both teams were in a stalemate without being really dangerous and without setting any highlights. While Hertha was once again too passive, not only in the opening phase, Union, which had only lost once at home this season, was no longer able to play its own offensive game as successfully as usual. Many fouls led to interruptions and often prevented a sensible flow of the game. In the 79th minute, former World Cup winner Sami Khedira, on his 34th birthday, was substituted for Hertha after overcoming a calf injury, but was unable to make an impact.

Source: dpa/deepl.com

| Last edited: Sunday, 4. April 2021 21:41 Uhr

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