1. FC Union once again proved its supremacy in Berlin with a 4-1 win against Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga. After a 2-0 win in the first leg and success in the last 16 of the cup, it was the third derby win for the Köpenickers of the season. For Hertha it was a major setback against their mortal enemy in the struggle to stay afloat.
In most of the one-sided play, Genki Haraguchi (31′), Grischa Prömel (53′), Sheraldo Becker (74′) and Sven Michel (85′) scored for Union. Timo Baumgartl scored an own goal for Hertha (49), who were once again underwhelming and, in 17th place, increasingly finding themselves in relegation trouble.
Magath has an ace up his sleeve – but it’s not a trump card
Hertha coach Felix Magath had a surprise before kick-off. With Julian Eitschberger, he put a very young debutant in the starting XI. “I didn’t know him either,” Magath said on “Sky” of the 18-year-old, who “only trained twice”, but was “impressed”. “We need players with energy and drive,” said Magath.
However, in that match, nothing could be seen of his team. Union dominated the Berlin derby at will and Hertha could only thank goalkeeper Marcel Lotka for not becoming clear early in the game – also because Eitschberger has had major problems down the wing.
In the fourth minute, Lotka parried Baumgartl’s header from close range. The 20-year-old showed stronger action against Niko Gießelmann (13), Taiwo Awoniyi (17) and Becker (29). Union were only able to capitalize on their fifth big chance, Haraguchi redeeming the visitors 1-0 with a header (31).
A brief glimmer of hope for Hertha
Only then did Hertha make the first good move. Myziane Maolida volleyed home from eleven meters but went just wide of goal (38th). After the break, a Union defender took charge for Hertha. Baumgartl tripped over the ball in his arm while trying to clear and from there into his own net – 1:1 (49).
However, there was no sign of progress from the “old lady”. Just four minutes later, Prömel put Union back in front, heading in Gießelmann’s cross to make it 2-1 (53′). Great cheers from Union’s 12,000 fans at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, which sold out for the first time since January 2020 with 74,667 spectators.
Becker closed it
The “Iron” in red was happy with the decision in the 74th minute. After a through ball from Schäfer, Becker escaped the Hertha defence, kept his cool in front of Lotka and made it 3-1 for Union. Michel even scored the fourth goal for the visitors just before the end (85th).
Thanks to the win, coach Urs Fischer’s side are back in seventh place with 44 points and still have high hopes of qualifying for the European Cup – not just because of the semifinals in the DFB Cup. It was getting dark for Hertha.
Six-point game for team Magath
Thus, the real relegation blow will come next weekend. On Saturday (16 April 2022), Hertha will visit FC Augsburg at 15:30. Union meets Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday at 17.30.