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WATCH: AWONIYI: "WE TOOK OUR CHANCES"
ALMOST FROM BECKER
Becker spots Schwolow out of his goal as Hertha lose the ball in their own half. He's wide on the right and goes for the far corner but just misses.
Three minutes have been signalled, but it'll be slightly more after another stoppage. The attendance is also confirmed as a capacity 22,012 at the Alte Försterei.
The sub races forward down the right, angle closing but he still goes for it with power. Over the top with the fellow fresh legs of Öztunali perhaps better placed.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Taiwo Awoniyi 33.75km/h
Ishak Belfodil 33.43km/h
Grischa Prömel 32.57km/h
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FINAL ROLL OF THE DICE
It's Selke on for Richter as Hertha make one final push.
SOLID AT THE BACK
All three Union centre-backs have won at least 62% of their challenges.
TIME TO STRIKE?
Union have conceded five goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season, including one in each of the last three matches.
The Algerian decides to go it alone from 20 yards. Pretty weak and no trouble for Luthe.
MORE SET-PIECE DANGER
Another excellent corner from Gießelmann. It's flicked on and bounces off Knoche but goes wide.
A TEAM EFFORT
Every Union outfield player except Knoche and Khedira have had a shot tonight. Only Richter, Pekarik and Serdar have had efforts for Hertha.
A SOLID SHIFT FROM PRÖMEL
Distance run (km)
Grischa Prömel Santiago Ascacíbar
STILL UNION WITH THE CHANCES
7 off target
5 on target
2 off target
2 on target
The midfielder is backtracking at the far post to get his head onto a cross and can't keep it under the bar.
He played a part on both goals and now wants one himself, taking aim for the far top corner on his left foot. Just over the bar.
The Japan international has space, twists this way and that as he cuts inside, but Dardai throws himself at the shot to make a crucial block.
BOATENG GETTING READY
The local boy is receiving his final instructions on the touchline as prepares for his first Berlin derby and 50th Bundesliga game for Hertha. His first was in 2005...
A FAIR SCORELINE
But for all Hertha's play, it's Union who still look the bigger threat. Haraguchi tees up Kruse in the inside left and he puts his laces through it, going across goal on his left foot. Good reaction stop from Schwolow.
HERTHA LOOKING BETTER
They've definitely been more active this half but still no way through.
This is the sixth time Union have held a lead of to goals or better after 45 minutes in the Bundesliga. They've won all of the previous five.
The visitors know they need a goal so send on Belfodil in place of Tousart. But it's Richter who unleashes the first shot of the half. Straight into the arms of Luthe.
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LIFELINE FOR HERTHA? NO!
The visitors really needed a goal before the break but they won't have it. Plattenhardt's cross is fumbled by Luthe, Pekarik heads towards goal and the ball just goes over the line before Friedrich clears. The referee's watch buzzes and he gives it, but a check by VAR sees that Piatek was offside in the build-up so it won't count. Hertha heads are in their hands.
Decision No goal
Another set piece, this time Trimmel from the right. Baumgartl is up and gets a good head to it, but a blue shirt gets his own head in the way to divert it behind.
KRUSE PULLING THE STRINGS
But Hertha do now muster up their attempt on goal as Pekarik provides an extra man on the right and drills one across goal. Not far wide of the far post.
50 UP FOR LUTHE
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AN UNUSUAL CUSHION
This is the fifth time Union have played Hertha in the top flight but the first time they've scored more than one goal.
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GOAL!2 : 0
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Niklas Stark 32.40km/h
Maximilian Mittelstädt 32.36km/h
Marvin Friedrich 31.33km/h
Trimmel cuts back onto his left and delivers an in-swinging cross. Prömel just misses it with his head but the ball keeps going and Schwolow flings himself worrying it was about to creep inside his post.
HERTHA ON THE BALL
1 off target
2 on target
0 off target
0 on target
Awoniyi tries to turn provider this time by slipping in Kruse down the left, but Union's previous record goalscorer is denied by Schwolow at the near post.
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RECORD MAN TAIWO
Awoniyi has now scored 13 Bundesliga goals for Union, which takes him ahead of Max Kruse as the club's record goalscorer in the top flight.
OFF THE BAR! OFFSIDE...
Die Eisernen are looking red not now. The ball falls nicely for Prömel in the box, he spins and it crashes off the top of the crossbar. Offside in any case.
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GOAL!1 : 0
And it comes from the hosts through Prömel's effort, but it's well wide from 20 yards.
Both teams are looking very up for this - as they should be! The ball is quickly going from one end to the other, but no chances as yet.
Red vs. Blue, East vs. West, the Berlin derby is under way!
The teams are out. Kick-off is moments away...
ON THEIR FEET
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WATCH: BERLIN - A TALE OF TWO CITIES
The Virtual Bundesliga season is about to begin!
Hertha were unbeaten in this fixture last season, drawing 1-1 away and winning 3-1 at home. They've taken seven of the 12 Bundesliga points available across the four top-flight meetings to date (W2 D1), with Union winning just once, a 1-0 success in November 2019.
Putting aside bragging rights for a moment, Hertha are arguably in greater need of the points. With just 13 on the board so far, the Old Lady sit in 13th place, just three points above the relegation zone. Union are only marginally better off, with 17 points in 10th spot.
WATCH: PITCH INSPECTION
UNION STARTING XI
Luthe - Friedrich, Knoche, Baumgartl - Trimmel (c), Khedira, Prömel, Gießelmann - Haraguchi - Kruse, Awoniyi
Rönnow, Van Drongelen, Ryerson, Oczipka, Öztunali, Möhwald, Voglsammer, Ujah, Becker
HERTHA STARTING XI
Schwolow - Pekarik, Stark (c), M. Dardai, Plattenhardt - Ascacibar, Tousart - Richter, Serdar, Mittelstädt - Piatek
Christensen, Torunarigha, Zeefuik, Ekkelenkamp, Boateng, Jastrzembski, Selke, Maolida, Belfodil
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