Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig players passed through a fallen replica of the Berlin Wall ahead of their Bundesliga meeting on Matchday 11. - © AFP
Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig players passed through a fallen replica of the Berlin Wall ahead of their Bundesliga meeting on Matchday 11. - © AFP
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Hertha Berlin and Leipzig join Bundesliga in commemorating 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

Players of Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig joined the Bundesliga in marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by breaking through an artificial wall prior to their Matchday 11 meeting at the Olympiastadion on Saturday.

The Berlin Wall stood from 1961 until 1989 and divided the current capital of a reunified Germany into two sides, symbolising the post-World War II Iron Curtain.

It ceased to exist as a barrier between West and East Berlin on 9 November, 1989, and 30 years on from that memorable moment, the Bundesliga has commemorated the removal of one of the most significant divisions in world history.

Watch: The touching pre-match tifo in honour of the fall of the Berlin Wall

As the teams emerged from the tunnel for Saturday's Bundesliga clash, they were faced with an artificial wall which they broke through, just like hundreds of thousands of Berlin residents did 30 years ago to the day to be reunited with friends and loved ones on the other side.

Furthermore, during Saturday's eastern derby, Hertha wore a special edition jersey that replicated the one they wore in their first game after the fall of the wall, on 11 November 1989.