Stories and pictures of the beautiful game.
1. FC Union Berlin vs. Hertha BSC Berlin 1:2 (0:1)
September 3, 2012 | attendance: 16.750 (sold out) | pictures |
Since February of 2011 Hertha fans bore the burden of having lost the derby to Union, and even though Hertha got promoted to first league that season, underdog Union were the unofficial “city champions”. That title is up for grabs again as Hertha came back to second league sooner than expected.
Today the “old lady” snatched three points, though a draw might have been more just as both teams brought an equal amount of fire to the pitch. Hertha had better finishing qualities, scoring from a counter attack and a free kick, whereas Union only found the back of Hertha’s net once with Christopher Quiring’s artistic header.
Two scenes shortly before the end seemed quite typical: Hertha’s Änis Ben-Hatira took an extraordinary amount of time to recover from an injury, but – after being substituted – was quite agile when he snatched the ball from an Union player to delay the game even further. Union’s Michael Parensen, on the other hand, could not walk after a tackle and crawled to the nearby sidelines on his backside just to keep the game going. He tried to return on but couldn’t – his shinbone might be broken, but his sportsmanship never will be.
Hertha fans can go back into the office with a wide grin, but the loss won’t bother Union fans too much. They can take pride in their team’s fighting spirit, especially in the second half, and hope that it will translate into points very soon.