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1. FC Union Berlin vs Hertha BSC

Bundesliga, 10. Matchday

1. FC Union vs Hertha

Bundesliga, 10. Matchday

Sat., 02. November 2019, 18:30 Uhr
An der Alten Försterei
1 : 0
SR: Deniz Aytekin

Polter scores penalty to secure 1-0 victory

Match report

Sebastian Polter's last-minute penalty kick clinched the derby spoils for 1. FC Union Berlin against Hertha at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

The 28-year-old stepped up as a substitute in the second half to convert the decisive kick following Dedryck Boyata's challenge on Christian Gentner.

1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Subotic, Schlotterbeck, Friedrich; Trimmel, Lenz, Andrich, Gentner; Andersson (Polter 79), Ingvartsen (Ryerson 90), Bülter (Mees 45)

Hertha Berlin: Jarstein; Mittelstädt (Selke 90), Stark, Boyata, Klünter; Skjelbred (Löwen 45), Grujic; Lukebakio, Wolf, Dilrosun; Ibisevic (Kalou 82)

Three days after Union secured a place in the Last 16 of the DFB Pokal for the first time in six years, Urs Fischer named the same starting XI as the 2-0 win over Freiburg — with the exception of Neven Subotic who replaced the injured Michael Parensen. Amidst the chaos of the opening few minutes, the intense tempo and the choreographies, Union Berlin came within inches of scoring the opener. Sebastian Andersson moved into the penalty box, delivering a chipped ball to the far-post where Christopher Lenz made his presence felt. However, the attacking full-back was denied by the woodwork from a few yards out. The dangerous Domi Lukebakio headed straight at Rafal Gikiewicz after he found space in the box in the 14th minute. Union controlled long periods of possession, but largely in the defensive third of the pitch. Rune Jarstein was competent enough to keep out some long-distance strikes from Robert Andrich and Christian Gentner. Hertha midfielder Marko Grujic headed off target on 37 minutes with the first 45 minutes coming to a rather relaxed colcusion under the whistle of the experienced Deniz Aytekin.

Both teams made substitutions at the break with Joshua Mees replacing Marius Bülter and Edward Löwen taking the spot of Per Skjelbred in midfield. The match referee was forced to halt the match and take the players off the pitch temporarily due to pyrotechnics, which were fired on several occasions from the away section. In a scrappy second period, the Köpenick club took their efforts mostly from distance through Robert Andrich and Mees. Polter was introduced with around 12 minutes left plus additional time and the striker led with distinction. He threatened with a header on 85 minutes, although the offside flag was raised. As Union pushed for the winning goal, Gentner found a great position on the left and was taken down by Boyata. Referee Aytekin immediately pointed to the spot and after consultation with the video referee, he confirmed his decision with the screen at the touchline. Under enormous pressure as the clock struck 90 minutes, Polter held his nerve and buried past Jarstein from 12 yards. Fischer's team battled for the 10 minutes of additional time and stayed cool to clinch a memorable derby victory in the Bundesliga.

Next Sunday, 1. FC Union Berlin will travel to FSV Mainz 05 for the next Bundesliga game as the Köpenick club look to build upon the derby success.

Union and Hertha prepare for first Bundesliga clash

Match preview

Saturday is Derby Day in Berlin!

1. FC Union Berlin welcome Hertha BSC to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei for the first Bundesliga meeting between the two clubs.

Cup Review: Union run out winners in Freiburg, Hertha go all the way to penalties

Urs Fischer’s team secured their place in the Last 16 of the DFB Pokal for the first time in six years with a 3-1 win in Freiburg. Union led through Joshua Mees, but Robin Koch’s header gave Freiburg a share of the spoils at the break. Despite Christian Streich’s men taking control of the second half, the 1,500 travelling support from Köpenick would head home in good spirits. Robert Andrich fired the ball with precision into the corner on 87 minutes before Christian Gentner added some polish to the win in the second minute of stoppage time.

Over 24 hours later, Hertha took on Dynamo Dresden in their Olympic Stadium — with the visitors bringing more than 30,000 away supporters to the capital. After 90 minutes, the teams were locked at 2-2 following Patrick Ebert’s last-minute penalty kick. They couldn’t be separated either after an additional 30 minutes with Dresden leading 3-2 before Jordan Torungharia rattled home a late equaliser to take the game to a penalty shootout. Goalkeeper Thomas Kraft was the hero for Ante Covic’s team, saving from Luka Stor to send the club from Charlottenberg into the third round.

League Review: Union lose in Munich, ten-men Hertha’s run ends

In the Bundesliga, Union turned in a credible display at the Allianz Arena — despite losing 2-1 at the home of the German champions. Benjamin Pavard fired Bayern ahead on 12 minutes before Robert Lewandowski struck early in the second half. With 7,000 fans in Munich, Union were bold enough to take on the Bavarians and get something out of them. Sebastian Andersson missed a penalty on 66 minutes, but substitute Sebastian Polter would convert the second of the 90 minutes with four minutes left on the clock.

After a run of four wins on the spin, Hertha went down 3-2 at home to Hoffenheim. The visitors scored twice in quick succession to secure a first-half advantage in the Olympic Stadium. Goals from Dodi Lukebakio and Salomon Kalou levelled the scores with 20 minutes to play as the Old Lady turned up the heat. However, Benjamin Hübner had the last laugh for Hoffenheim, scoring on 79 minutes and taking all three points back to Sinsheim. Vladimir Darida was shown a straight red card and will be suspended for the trip to Köpenick.

Record: First Bundesliga meeting

Saturday’s clash is the first city derby in Berlin in the Bundesliga since 1976/77 when Hertha Berlin competed against Tennis Borussia. There have been four meetings in the 2.Bundesliga — but none so far in Germany’s top division. We’ve still to see a home win in competitive matches with either side winning once on the road and drawing two.

Personnel: Four likely to miss out

Fischer confirmed in the pre-match press conference that he'll likely be without Michael Parensen and Suleiman Abdullahi. Akaki Gogia and Grischa Prömel remain the usual absentees. 

"I expect a great game in the end. A city derby is a bit special. I expect a great game. Important to have a mix of aggressiveness and coolness. I’m sure the teams will give it all to win," said Fischer on Thursday.

Service: No tickets, travel information

As expected, the derby is completely sold out. There won’t be tickets available for the match on Saturday at the ground.

Given the limited parking spaces around the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, fans are reminded to make use of various public transport methods, as well as, travelling by bike.

All supporters are encouraged to attend the match in good time.

In addition to the increased traffic, the streets "An der Wuhlheide" and "Rudolf-Rühl-Allee" are likely to be temporarily closed.

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1. FC Union Berlin vs Hertha BSC

54 % Possession 46 %
74 % Pass Completion Rate 74 %
45 % Successful Tackle Rate 55 %
14 Shots on Goal 7
18 Crosses 14
3 Caught Offside 1
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Yellow-Red Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

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