2,2672,267viewing this pageGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreLive Reporting Tom RostanceAll times stated are UKPosted at 19:1019:10CLOSE!Hertha Berlin 0-0 Union BerlinHertha look a threat when they can get the ball forwards quickly, this time it’s Matheus…
Hertha look a threat when they can get the ball forwards quickly, this time it’s Matheus Cunha running in behind. He hits his shot very early and Rafal Gikiewicz has to make another sharp low save.
Vladimir Darida and Marcus Ingvartsen go in for a challenge and Ingvartsen comes off worse, a proper clout to the jaw. The referee and VAR decide that it was but an accident and we can carry on.
Fifteen minutes left in the first half.
You’ll have to ask someone a lot smarter and a lot more tuned in than me what exactly this is all about and whether it’s worth it or not but here’s a picture from a bar outside the ground.
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Good effort! Hertha streak away down the right, Vedad Ibisevic puts in a low cross and Matheus Cunha goes for an outlandish backheel which is saved at the near post. Would have been some goal.
Marko Grujic heads the corner wide.
Hertha haven’t won at home since December, although they do have a valid excuse for at least two of those months. They’ve been through four managers in seven months, including Jurgen Klinsmann who lasted only about 80 days.
Have a dig! Liverpool loanee Marko Grujic shoots from close to 40 yards and nails his shot, but it’s always rising and clears the discus pit behind the goal as well. I think that’s what it is. Could be the high jump?
You’d get a better view from behind that goal than at that other athletics hybrid, the Withdean, I’d wager.
The dog just knocked my ipad off the table – we’re all adapting to the new normal here.
You didn’t miss anything, I don’t think. Still goalless.
Oooooffff – Christopher Trimmel’s second set piece is a beauty, what a corner, right into the goalmouth but Hertha clear.
And there’s an instant chance on the counter for the hosts, Dodi Lukebakio streaking away like Darius Vassell for Harry’s Heroes the other night, but his shot is straight at Rafal Gikiewicz.
Union full-back Chris Trimmel is an assist king from set-pieces, a cross between David Beckham and Trent Alexander-Arnold I’ve heard. Here’s his first chance to deliver, and it’s a good ball in too, half cleared and Marius Bulter can only float a header on to the roof of the net.
There’s 15 minutes gone.
A head-melting discussion on BT about a guy Hertha signed who was loaned back to Lyon until the end of the season. The French season has finished so is he available?
They’ve decided no.
Now we’re talking, that’s a derby day challenge alright. No social distancing there as Michael Parensen chops down Vlad Darida as Hertha threatened a counter.
Hertha can become the first team to lose both Bundesliga matches in a season against Union. A record they definitely won’t want.
This fixture pulled in 75,000 in the second tier 10 years or so ago.
First real attack from the hosts frees Dodi Lukebakio down the right channel, he tries to flick it inside but Union clear their lines. Decent tempo to the opening jousts.
“There are worse places to be trapped. When I wake up, I watch the sun rise over the forest and the lake. Back home, I only hear the sound of traffic.”
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If you thought your lockdown experience was weird, get a load of this tale of the young musicians stranded in a moated castle in eastern Germany for 73 days after Bolivia closed its borders.
It sounds lovely, but there are packs of wolves nearby. At least the footballl’s back…
The Olympic Stadium should have been hosting the German Cup final this weekend. The now familiar swimming pool-style sound instead rings out, coaching staff shouting instructions to their players. Hertha start with a strong spell of possession.
It adds a slice of even more surreal to this occasion. You can hear individuals clapping as we come out of the silence to kcik-off.
Away we go!
We’re having a minute’s silence. Followed by 90 further.
Here they come, the Hertha lads coming down an escalator to the pitch while Union take the stairs. Significant?
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Union coach Urs Fischer missed the 2-0 loss at home to Bayern Munich last weekend after breaking the team quarantine following a family bereavement, but he’ll be back in the dugout tonight.
That’s him on the right. On the left is Hertha gaffer Bruno Labbadia.
Union midfielder Julian Ryerson – on the bench tonight – was named after the Groundhog Day character Ned.
I mean, that’s probably not true but it should be.
Kick-off is coming up.