Union Berlin defeated Hertha BSC in the Berlin derby of the Bundesliga

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WITHthe repertoire of 1. FC Union fans includes a song that they always sing towards the end of a half or a game. “FC Union, our love, our team, our pride, our club, Union Berlin,” it says. The rhythmic singing is used to unleash strength in the players or to simply celebrate the team. In the Berlin derby against Hertha BSC, the spectators in the An der Alten Försterei stadium began much earlier than usual. The said lines were heard for the first time after just under half an hour. Union fans could afford the premature celebration, so their team was superior over the entire season. Union won 2-0 against their rivals from the west of Berlin and continues to keep up with the top places in the table.

The meeting had been debated as excitedly as always when the two clubs meet, only this time it was less about sporting issues. A little more than 22,000 crowded the stands. Sold out in days of the pandemic flaring up again. Only those who had been vaccinated or who had recovered were allowed, and Union employed more control staff than usual at the entrances.

How complicated the situation can be in Bundesliga teams because of the virus was shown by the example of Hertha’s Stevan Jovetic. The striker tested positive with the national team of Montenegro, after a few days the vaccinated Jovetic was negative again. Because of this, he was allowed to travel to Berlin on Thursday, and an investigation on Friday should reveal whether he is operational. Jovetic was again tested positive, Hertha missed him for the time being.

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Hertha without danger

Without the tech-savvy striker, Hertha barely managed to ignite danger for over 90 minutes. Union was the more active and also more dangerous team from the start. Aggressive at the start, the hosts put Hertha under pressure immediately. Marton Dardai, son of Hertha coach Pal, could only knock the ball away uncontrollably. Dardai was also the focus of the next dangerous action, but this time the 19-year-old defender got away with it less well. He couldn’t really hit a ball from Union player Niko Gießelmann, striker Taiwo Awoniyi immediately moved towards the goal and scored to make it 1-0 (8th).

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