In his very first Berlin derby just a week after making his debut as Hertha manager, Bruno Labbadia made just one change from the team that beat Hoffenheim a week ago. Suspended last week but back this week, Vladimir Darida replaced Maximilian Mittelstädt in the starting XI. The bench was once again looking youthful with Jessic Ngankam and Lazar Samardzic being joined by Marton Dardai, who made his debut in the senior squad. Union coach Urs Fischer made four changes to his team that lost 2-0 to Bayern last week: Neven Subotic, Keven Schlotterbeck, Christopher Lenz und Anthony Ujah were all replaced by Michael Parensen, Marvin Friedrich, Sebastian Andersson and Ken Reichel in front of an empty Olympiastadion. Former Herthaner Julius Kade wasn’t in the squad.
After a minute’s silence to honour all those suffering in this coronavirus pandemic, referee Harm Osmers got the game underway. The Herthaner began the game on the front foot as Dodi Lukebakio had the first big chance of the game, but Union keeper Rafael Gikiewicz made an important stop (18’). Marko Grujic tried his luck from range but the accuracy was lacking (22’). The danger only grew with Lukebakio and Ibisevic combining plenty of times, one of which ended up with Matheus Cunha forcing another big stop from Gikiewicz (27’). Cunha was then on the end of another cross from Lukebakio, but his cheeky effort was once more blocked by a strong-looking Union keeper (38’). Robert Andrich had the only real opportunity of the half for the visitors, but his free kick was nowhere near the target as the teams went in at the half scoreless.
2 goals in 70 seconds
Labbadia’s troops started the second half in a similar fashion, maintaining the pressure on the opposition’s final third. The first chance soon fell to Dodi Lukébakio, but his attempt would have been ruled out for offside had it found the back of the net (47’). Four minutes later, the hosts finally rewarded their efforts – not once, but twice! Marvin Plattenhardt’s cross was nodded home by Vedad Ibisevic, before Lukébakio rounded the goalkeeper to make it 2-0 no more than 70 seconds later. Two goals in quick succession, just like last weekend in Sinsheim. And the similarities do not end there. Just like against Hoffenheim, the third goal of the game came courtesy of Matheus Cunha with a delightful strike from the edge of the area. Shortly afterwards, the Brazilian was given a well earned rest and replaced by Maximilian Mittelstädt (66’). His teammates left on the pitch, however, were not quite finished, as Plattenhardt sent another dangerous corner into the mix for Dedryck Boyata to put the icing on the cake (77’). The evening was capped off with a Bundesliga debut for home grown talent Lazar Samardzic, who came on in place of Per Skjelbred (on his 200th Bundesliga appearance) in the 81st minute. Ten minutes or so later, the referee called full-time. A resounding derby-day victory for the boys in Blue and White.
Conclusion and Outlook
Two goals in 70 seconds, another fantastic Cunha strike, and even a Boyata header from the corner decided the derby for Hertha as they made up for the first game across the city. After the 4-0 win, Bruno Labbadia’s side now sit 10th with 34 points. The next game for the boys will be on Wednesday evening when they travel to RB Leipzig (27/05/20, 18:30 CEST).