Berlin – The sky hangs over Köpenick full of violins. Some autumn winds are blowing over Charlottenburg again. Union equalized after the 2-0 (2-0) in the fifth derby in the Bundesliga in the overall balance (two wins, one draw) and demonstrated its power by jumping to fifth place in the table. At Hertha, after the seventh defeat of the season, it seems like a feeling of powerlessness.
As always in such duels, it’s about dominance in the city, about the broad chest at least until the second leg. At the same time, the game at eye level is about small things, tiny, centimeters and sometimes millimeters. Whereby: The air hole that Marton Dardai beats and Taiwo Awoniyi has free passage to 1-0 after a pass from Niko Gießelmann (8th) is anything but a tiny thing. It is a really big buck from the Hertha central defender who is back in the team and has had a really bad moment with this mistake. Something like that is pure poison for a 19-year-old like him, and for the blue-whites it is anything but encouraging.
But even at the 2-0 through Christopher Trimmel (30th) after a corner from Gießelmann, tiny nuances are involved, because the oblique shot by Union Capitano Timo Baumgartl and Grischa Prömel still want to get to the ball in the front line and thus possibly irritate Alexander Schwolow. But Sven Jablonski, the video assistant, ticks the gate – everything is correct! A bit upside down, because otherwise Trimmel shoots the corners … Pal Dardai, the coach on the blue and white bench, has to sit down for a few minutes. This thing knocks even him a little!
Hit to 2-0 was checked, Hertha goal was not given
It’s actually a matter of millimeters seconds before half-time whistle. The ball slips back in, this time into Andreas Luthe’s box, also because Robin Knoche clears Peter Pekarik’s header just behind the line (45th + 1). First the Hertha fan block cheers, but shortly afterwards the red and white Union wall – Krzysztof Piatek was previously wafer-thinly offside. Co-trainer Andreas “Zecke” Neuendorf is beside himself about this decision. It is not the evening of the blue and white.
He wasn’t even before, because they were hoping for Stevan Jovetic, but the Corona-plagued Montenegrin had undergone another test – positive! Next to Dedryck Boyata (red lock), Vladimir Darida (thigh) and Lukas Klünter (shoulder surgery) the next failure. On the other hand, Union coach Urs Fischer, although he has to do without Kevin Behrens (Corona) and Paul Jaeckel (Infekt), throws playmaker Max Kruse back into the starting line-up after a thigh injury.
Shortly before the end, Sheraldo Becker has the chance to make it 3-0
Even if the red and white all-rounder is not involved in the goals, he still trumps with an eye and a lot of coolness – and almost hits something with flavor. But this time it is Schwolow’s turn with his fingers (58th). Nevertheless, the Unioners continue to apply pressure. Grischa Prömel (59th), Genki Haraguchi (62nd) and Joker Sheraldo Becker (90th, picket cross) have the final decision on their feet, but leave them out and Hertha a little in the game.
The blue-whites take risks, they give everything, with Ishak Belfodil on the offensive, with Jurgen Ekkelenkamp on final strength and with Kevin-Prince Boateng on order in the midfield. Every now and then they come close to the goal, but it is not mandatory, it is far too little what Marco Richter and Suat Serdar are trying to do. Union’s defense cannot be undermined and the well-deserved victory of the red-whites after three minutes of post-game play, in which the first smoke bombs are ignited and firecrackers fly onto the field after a fine derby with 22,012 fans in the Hertha block, is never in danger.
The satisfaction of both coaches couldn’t be more different at the end of the game: Union coach Urs Fischer was of course satisfied: “The team spent a lot, they didn’t allow anything and landed a well-deserved victory. We also had numerous opportunities to decide the game earlier. “Hertha coach Pal Dardai was disappointed, as expected:” What we did was harmless. The two goals were unnecessary, but when I see the second half, Union deserved to win the game because they were better overall. “”