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UNION WIN THE DERBY
It was never really in any doubt after those goals from Siebatcheu, Becker and Knoche within the hour. Union pick up where they left off. So, too, do Hertha, who only survived last season via the play-offs...
TIME ADDED ON
Three to go in Berlin, where Union are heading to a comfortable derby win...
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Consolation for Hertha or the start of a comeback? Lukebakio is allowed into the 18-yard box, and duly curls a precise effort into the far bottom corner.
Siebatcheu is applauded from the field. Excellent debut from the USMNT man.
CLINICAL FROM UNION
SCHWARZ ROLLS THE DICE
Jovetic, who scored a team-high six Bundesliga goals last season, is on. He's joined by new signings Ejuke and Kanga.
THE GOAL STANDS!
Robin Knoche steers a Trimmel corner home with his head. There's a VAR check for a possible offside against Khedira, but he doesn't touch it - Union lead 3-0!
Situation No goal
Union get their second goal! Becker exchanges passes with Haberer and glides past Uremovic, before firing past Christensen from 10 yards. Lovely, lovely goal.
It's that same combination again as Union go close to doubling their lead. Siebatcheu meets Becker's cross, but Christensen's equal to it.
Union are heading for a fourth straight derby win and, you have to say, they fully deserve their lead.
Christensen keeps Hertha in the game, the Bundesliga debutant getting a toe to Ryerson's low strike from 12 yards. That all came about after bustling play on the other side from Becker, who brushed off Kempf with ease.
Rönnow's finally made to work as Hertha's relegation play-off hero Plattenhardt bends a free-kick over the wall and down the throat of Union's new No.1.
SIEBATCHEU UP AND RUNNING!
Talk about impact! Jordan Siebatcheu breaks the deadlock on his Bundesliga debut, the US striker getting in front of his man at the near post to glance Becker's left-wing cross beyond Christensen.
Hertha are stretched again as Haraguchi collects in the box. The nearest Hertha defender slips, but Sunjic gets back to block. Trimmel loops the follow-up - a difficult header - into the arms of Christensen.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Ryerson cuts in off the left and drives one towards the top corner, but Christensen dives full stretch to bat it clear.
Becker goes within a whisker of getting his head to a Haraguchi cross. Moments later, Ryerson drags wide form range. It's all Union...
Union fans will be happy with what they've seen from Siebatcheu. Awoniyi's replacement, proving himself to be a real handful, has just had an effort from inside the Hertha area blocked by Kempf.
UNION IN CHARGE
Becker races up the right and asks the question of the Hertha defence with a teasing cross. Siebatcheu is on the hunt, but Uremovic does his job once more.
Union come again as Trimmel drills a cross into the six-yard box. Christensen gets fingertips to it, and Uremovic sticks out a boot to prevent Ryerson turning the ball home from close range. The hosts have made a flying start!
Union attack from the kick-off as Haberer cuts a ball back to Khedira on the edge of the area. His shot is blocked by Uremovic, though, before Christensen is able to gather ahead of Siebatcheu.
We have a full house in Berlin, where the sun is beating down. Union are in their new red-and-white home jersey. Hertha are in two-tone blue.
UNION STARTING LINE-UP
Rönnow - Jaeckel, Knoche, Leite - Trimmel (c), Khedira, Haberer, Ryerson - Haraguchi - Becker, Siebatcheu
Grill, Doekhi, Voglsammer, Michel, Schäfer, Behrens, Gießelmann, Pantovic, Leweling
HERTHA STARTING LINE-UP
Christensen - Kenny, Uremovic, Kempf, Plattenhardt (c) - Boateng, Sunjic, Serdar - Lukebakio, Selke, Maolida
Jarstein, Pekarik, Darida, Kanga, Jovetic, Dardai, Zeefuik, Ejuke, Gechter
HERTHA TO HIT BACK?
NO CHANGE ON THE UNION BENCH
Union have a shrewd head coach in Urs Fischer, a man who first led the Berliners to promotion in 2019 and followed that up with 11th, seventh and fifth-placed finishes in the Bundesliga. Despite the usual changing cast over the summer, the 56-year-old still has some knowledgeable campaigners to help the rest settle in. Club captain Christopher Trimmel and his wand of a right foot have been a fixture since 2014, while 30-year-old defender Robin Knoche has only missed one league outing in his two hugely successful years at the club. Suriname attacker Sheraldo Becker has three years of top-flight experience with the side behind him, while Rani Khedira started 32 Bundesliga matches in his first season at the club while looking he'd been in the Union midfield for much longer than that.
Hertha have made changes on and off the pitch after flirting with relegation last term. Long-standing fan Kay Bernstein is the new president, while former Mainz boss Sandro Schwarz left Dynamo Moscow to return to German football. Wilfried Kanga will be looking to score more than his former Young Boys teammate Siebatcheu, while skilful Nigerian attacker Chidera Ejuke could help him do so. Former Schalke right-back Jonjoe Kenny has returned to the Bundesliga again after leaving Everton, while Croatian centre-back Filip Uremovic has moved from Rubin Kazan of Russia. His compatriot Ivan Sunjic has also arrived from Birmingham City to beef up the midfield. Alexander Schwolow (Schalke), Niklas Stark (Werder Bremen) and Santiago Ascacibar (Cremonese) are among the notable departures.
ALL CHANGE AT UNION
There are also new faces in defence, where former Vitesse captain Danilho Doekhi and Portuguese centre-back Diogo Leite add competition for places. Paul Seguin (Greuther Fürth) and Morten Thorsby (Sampdoria) will bolster the centre of midfield, while Janik Haberer (three league goals for Freiburg last season), Jamie Leweling (five for Fürth) and Milos Pantovic (four for Bochum) all bring a goal threat. Winger Tim Skarke has joined from Bundesliga 2 side Darmstadt, while goalkeeper Lennart Grill has moved on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.
NEW LOOK UNION
The price of Union once again upsetting the odds - this time by securing a top-five finish - has been the need to rebuild once again this summer. USA striker Jordan Siebatcheu heads the list of 10 new arrivals, with 15-goal Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest) and eight-goal midfielder Grischa Prömel (Hoffenheim) among the notable departures. Siebatcheu landed in Berlin after a stellar 2021/22 season in Switzerland, where he scored 22 times for Young Boys to finish as the Swiss Super League's leading goalscorer. The 26-year-old, who also stuck five times in the UEFA Champions League, is already up and running for Union. He got an acrobatic equaliser in Monday's 2-1 extra-time win over fourth-tier Chemnitz in the DFB Cup first round.
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Union are now unbeaten in their last three Bundesliga meetings with Hertha. They lost the previous two, having won the first ever Berlin derby of the Bundesliga era on 2 November 2019.
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Union made it a clean sweep last season, beating Hertha home and away in the Bundesliga whilst knocking them out of the DFB Cup.
It's out of the frying pan and into the fire for Hertha Berlin. After surviving via the play-offs last season, the Old Lady begin the new campaign away to city rivals Union. Stay tuned!