Ugly scenes with ultras held back by players at Bundesliga’s first Berlin derby for 42 years as Union beat Hertha

3 Nov

The Bundesliga’s first Berlin derby in 42 years was overshadowed by crowd trouble on Saturday night.

The game had to be stopped after flares were thrown on to the pitch and Union Berlin supporters invaded the playing surface to confront Hertha Berlin’s players.

Union Berlin ultras tried to approach Hertha Berlin players at full-time
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Union won the contest in dramatic fashion thanks to Sebastian Polter’s 87th minute penalty, which lifted the newly-promoted club up to 14th in the league.

Despite winning the game 1-0, Union’s masked ultras confronted Hertha’s players at full-time.

However, Union’s players, most notably goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz, were able to talk their fans down.

Smoke from the flares made it almost impossible to see the action
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Flares let off by home supporters made it almost impossible to see as the game came to a halt, which led to 10 minutes of injury-time.

Union manager Urs Fischer was keen to focus on football after the game and felt his side were deserved winners.

He said: “I really liked today, especially the first-half.

“It was a convincing performance. At no point did I have the feeling that we were letting the game slip away.

Flares were thrown on to the pitch
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“At the end we were a bit happy with the penalty, but we spent over 90 minutes trying to win the game. That’s why it’s a well-deserved win for me on the whole.”

Hertha vs Tennis Borussia in April 1977 was the last Berlin derby to take place in the Bundesliga.

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