1. FC Union Berlin vs. Hertha Berlin – Soccer Match Report – August 6, 2022 – ESPN

United States ahead Jordan Pefok scored on his Bundesliga debut to assist Union Berlin defeat Hertha Berlin Three-1 of their first league recreation of the season on Saturday.

Pefok, who additionally scored on his debut within the German Cup on Monday, opened the scoring within the 31st to set Union on their option to a 3rd consecutive league win over its rival — a fourth together with their cup assembly final season — to maintain the unofficial title of “Stadtmeister” (metropolis champion).

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“Stadtmeister has a pleasant ring to it, but it surely’s solely the primary recreation,” Union captain Christopher Trimmel stated. “[League] survival stays our goal.”

Pefok joined from Swiss staff Young Boys within the offseason and has already turn out to be a fan favorite. He obtained a standing ovation together with teammate Genki Haraguchi after they have been taken off late within the recreation.

Sheraldo Becker and Robin Knoche additionally scored to make sure Hertha’s tough begin to the season continued after their German Cup exit to second-division Eintracht Braunschweig final weekend. Hertha solely barely clinched survival final season and new coach Sandro Schwarz faces a tall order to revive the staff’s confidence.

Tempers frayed outdoors earlier than kickoff as street closures led to site visitors chaos round Union’s Stadion an der Alten F√∂rsterei. Most followers have been already inside the bottom lengthy earlier than kickoff, however the tailbacks persevered, upsetting motorists who had nothing to do with the match.

Union made a fantastic begin and compelled two good probabilities early on earlier than the guests had time to get better. However the dwelling staff needed to await Becker to cross for Pefok to get the opener.

The second half started with a cloud of blue smoke from pyrotechnics within the Hertha finish. Seconds after the stadium announcer requested the visiting followers to desist, the Union supporters adopted go well with with a cloud of crimson smoke on the different finish. An enormous tifo declared “As soon as a Unioner, at all times a Unioner.” The stadium announcer’s appeals have been ignored.

Becker scored within the 50th after combining nicely with Janik Haberer and the house followers have been celebrating once more — belatedly — after a VAR test confirmed no offside when Knoche headed in Christopher Trimmel’s nook within the 54th.

Dodi Lukebakio scored Hertha’s comfort within the 85th.

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