BERLIN (AP) – The Berlin derby featured a fireworks display outside the stadium, as well as a hectic on-court processing in a 1-1 draw between Union and Hertha for the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Union snatched a necessary victory from Hertha in their fight to save themselves from relegation. But Hertha complicated their city rival’s claims to qualify for the European Cups before Union face leaders Bayern Munich.
Equality left the Union in seventh position four points from last place to play the next edition of the Europa League.
With their expensive roster, Hertha ranks 14th, two points above the relegation zone. They are still unable to string together victories in the Bundesliga this season.
The duel began with a bang, after Union fans lit a loud but inconspicuous fireworks display in the first three minutes of the match. Those in charge of the stadium security ran with fire extinguishers, but could not do much.
Robert Andrich put the Union ahead with a shot from outside the box in the 10th minute.
Hertha Berlin forward Dodi Lukebakio and Berlin Union defender Nico Schlotterbeck jump in the Bundesliga match on Sunday April 4, 2021. (Andreas Gora / Pool via AP)Andreas Gora/AP
A foul by Marvin Friedrich on Matteo Guendouzi led to a penalty that Dodi Lukebakio converted at 32.
The first part ended with an altercation between Andrich and Lukebakio on the side of the court.
Hertha announced before the match that goalkeeper Rune Jarstein was in quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus.
“It’s fine. After consulting with the health authorities, they determined that no additional steps were necessary, ”the club said on Twitter.
Earlier in the day, an own goal in the throes of Werder Bremen defender Ludwig Augustinsson was enough for Stuttgart to win 1-0 and extend their streak of games without losing at home to six.
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