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TIME TICKING DOWN
With this game over and out already, the clock is ticking down with little injury time expected. Hertha still pushing forward to rub salt in the Union wounds.
DEBUT FOR SAMARDZIC
18-year-old Hertha youth product comes on for his Bundesliga debut here in the final 10 minutes.
BOYATA MAKES IT FOUR!
Another Plattenhardt assist, and another header for Hertha. This time a corner for the home side which curls perfectly into the box and is begging for Boyata to head home from in close range which he duly obliges to.
GOAL!4 : 0
FINAL 15 MINUTES
Hertha scored three goals in the second half last week against Hoffenheim, can they go on and do the same here? Fresh legs in Piatek and Dilrosun are on and Hertha look the most likely to add to the scoring.
CUNHA COMES OFF WITH A SMILE
The brilliant Brazilian has done his job once again for Hertha, and comes off with time left to play. He smiles away with Labbadia on the sidelines and had a special celebration for his goal, mimicking holding a baby with his partner giving birth to their first child in the last week.
CUNHA MAKES IT THREE!
Just like last week, Hertha have scored three goals in the second half. Another tidy goal as Cunha had dribbled into the box and lofted a ball to Lukebakio who went for an overhead-kick. The ball bounced down to Ibisevic, who laid it off for Cunha to beautifully slot into the far bottom corner. That's the fifth goal he's been involved in from just six games in the blue of Hertha.
GOAL!3 : 0
GOOD OMEN FOR HERTHA
19 of Ibisevic's 43 goals for Hertha in the Bundesliga have been to go 1-0 ahead. When Ibisevic has scored the opening goal of a game, Hertha have not lost a single game (14 wins, 4 draws).
2-0 STRAIGHT AWAY!
Incredible from Hertha. They win the ball back from the kick-off and Ibisevic sends a fantastic through ball forward for Lukebakio. He's in behind the defence and takes the ball around the oncoming Gikiewicz before sliding the ball into an empty net. Just 70 seconds between those two goals!
GOAL!2 : 0
IBISEVIC HEADS HOME!
That's six goals in his last seven games under Bruno Labbadia and his second in as many games for Hertha. He powers a header home at the near post beyond Gikiewicz after a fantastic cross from Marvin Plattenhardt.
GOAL!1 : 0
BIG CHANCE FOR DODI
A tidy through ball from Cunha puts Lukebakio in on goal. His first touch takes him wide and forces him to take a shot at goal while falling, and Gikiewicz positions himself perfectly to push it away.
SECOND HALF BEGINS
We're back underway in Berlin without a change to either side.
ANDRICH WITH A FREE-KICK...
The former Hertha youth product steps up to a free-kick from 25 yards out, slightly to the left of centre. He curls it towards the near post but it just drifts over the crossbar and clips the roof of the net. Jarstein was worried for a moment...
The Brazilian forward has another goal at goal now. Dribbling into the box from the right, touching the ball past Parensen and shooting low at goal. This one goes straight at Gikiewicz as well.
BOYATA THE BOSS
Hertha's centre-back has had the most touches so far in this game (52) and has also won all of the five challenges he has gone into thus far.
A TOUGH BATTLE
We've seen 12 fouls committed so far in this game, seven from Hertha and five from Union with both sides getting stuck in here. Just one yellow card given so far, though.
BIG CHANCE FOR CUNHA
Fantastic counter from Hertha as Lukebakio snatches the ball off Parensen and they race forward. He plays right to Ibisevic in space entering the box and he plays the ball across goal with Cunha in pursuit, and he goes for a flick towards goal with a backheel which is well-saved by Gikiewicz. The best chance on goal of the game so far for either side.
GRUJIC TAKES AIM
The Serbian midfielder has a go at goal from range and his shot sails over the crossbar, but he was afforded plenty of space by the Union midfield and defence.
LUKEBAKIO GOES CLOSE
A long ball is flicked oin by Ibisevic and Lukebakio is in on goal. He races into the box with Gikiewicz closing him down, and Union's No.1 makes a big save after stretching himself to block the Belgian winger's shot.
Union's danger-man from set pieces and crosses is getting going here. His cross from the right is deflected and almost creeps past Jarstein at his near-post. Union have scored 44 per cent of their goals this season from dead-ball situations.
HERTHA ON THE BALL
The home side are enjoying 70 per cent of the possession in the first half so far. When Union have had the ball, they have either been fouled or have made mistakes when pushing it forward up the pitch. Hertha have been much more controlled so far.
The defender brings down a Hertha man on a counter-attack and earns himself the first yellow card of the game.
Hertha have had more of the attacking play in the early going and have the first shot of the day, coming from Matheus Cunha. It's a simple one for Gikiewicz as it rolls along the floor towards him from 25 yards.
Both sides have been on the ball here in the opening minutes and we've seen a few challenges already, both fouls committed by the home side. We may have no fans present in the Olympiastadion but it removes none of the intensity of this derby.
The ball is rolling in Berlin for our capital city derby between Hertha and Union.
MINUTE OF SILENCE
We've observed a moment of silence in Berlin, as will be the case at every game this weekend, in remembrance of every victim of the coronavirus.
IBISEVIC UNDER LABBADIA
The Hertha captain has worked with his new coach at Hertha before, at VfB Stuttgart. The Bosnian forward has scored 25 goals in 49 Bundesliga games under Labbadia, the best record of any player he has managed, and Ibisevic has scored five goals in the last six games he has played under Labbadia.
BERLIN BATTLE - ROUND TWO
Of course, these two sides have already faced each other once this season in the reverse fixture at the Stadion an der Alten Försterei. Union came out the winners of that game thanks to a last-minute penalty from Sebastian Polter. Hertha are seeking revenge in only the second Berlin derby ever played between these two sides in the Bundesliga.
TRIMMEL THE NEW TRENT
Union captain Christopher Trimmel has assisted seven goals from set pieces this season - a Europe-wide best, and one more than Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold. He'll be looking to link up with top scorer Sebastian Andersson tonight, who has profited from five of those seven assists on his way to a club-best 11 goals in the Bundesliga this season.
THE MAN IN FORM
Bruno Labbadia will be looking to Matheus Cunha to inspire his side once again tonight. The Brazilian forward has had a direct hand in four goals in his five Hertha appearances (three goals, one assist) since joining from RB Leipzig. He also scored his superb solo goal last weekend against Hoffenheim from the left wing, where he starts from tonight.
CALLING ON EXPERIENCE
Hertha's starting line-up has an average age of 28.7, making it the oldest line-up used by any side in the Bundesliga this season.
HERTHA TEAM NEWS
There is only one change for the home side with Bruno Labbadia bringing in Vladimir Darida after his suspension last weekend, and he starts in place of Maximillian Mittelstädt, which means that Matheus Cunha will play on the left wing. Captain Vedad Ibisevic keeps his place ahead of Krzysztof Piatek once again.
UNION TEAM NEWS
A few changes made by Urs Fischer from his side who were beaten by Bayern last week. First-choice left-back Christopher Lenz is not fit to play after picking up a knock in training, so Ken Reichel comes in. Neven Subotic drops to the bench with Michael Parensen starting ahead of him in a three-man defence, while top scorer Sebastian Andersson is fit to start and replaces Anthony Ujah up top.
HERTHA STARTING XI!
Jarstein - Pekarik, Boyata, Torunarigha, Plattenhadt - Skjelbred, Grujic - Lukebakio, Darida, Cunha - Ibisevic (c)
Smarsch, Klünter, Mittelstädt, Dardai, Dilrosun, Maier, Samardzic, Piatek, Ngankam
UNION STARTING XI!
Gikiewicz - Friedrich, Hübner, Parensen - Trimmel (c), Prömel, Andrich, Reichel - Ingvartsen, Bülter - Andersson
Nicolas, Subotic, Ryerson, Mees, Malli, Kroos, Gentner, Polter, Ujah
LINE-UPS COMING SOON
We'll have the official line-ups of both sides shortly from the Olympiastadion here in Berlin. Stay tuned...
Welcome along to the match centre for the game Hertha BSC vs. Union Berlin from matchday 27 of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season at the Olympiastadion. Check back here for full information on the match.