Hertha Berlin 4-0 Union Berlin: Vedad Ibisevic, Dodi Lukebakio, Matheus Cunha and Derdryck Boyata score in second half as hosts run riot in capital derby at empty Olympic Stadium
- Hertha Berlin earned a 4-0 victory over city rivals FC Union on Friday evening
- Vedad Ibisevic headed in Marvin Plattenhardt’s cross to score on 51 minutes
- Dodi Lukebakio doubled Hertha’s lead when he rounded Rafal Gikiewicz
- Matheus Cunha curled into the bottom corner to add a third on 61 minutes
- Derdryck Boyata added gloss to the scoreline when he headed in on 77 minutes
Former Manchester City and Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata completed a second-half rout as Hertha won the Berlin derby.
Boyata headed home from an 77th-minute corner to consign Union Berlin to a 4-0 defeat at the Olympic Stadium.
Hertha moved four points ahead of their neighbours into 10th place in the Bundesliga following the first fixture of the second weekend of action since the German top-flight resumed following the coronavirus shutdown.
Vedad Ibisevic (R) celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Hertha in the Berlin derby
The Bosnian heads beyond Union Berlin keeper Rafal Gikiewicz at an empty Olympic Stadium
HERTHA BERLIN: Jarstein, Pekarík, Boyata, Torunarigha, Plattenhardt, Skjelbred (Samardzic 81), Grujic, Lukebakio (Dilrosun 75), Darida (Maier 80), Cunha (Mittelstadt 66), Ibisevic (Piatek 75)
Subs not used: Smarsch, Klünter, Dárdai, Ngankam
Bookings: Lukebakio, Grujic
Goals: Idisevic (51), Lukebakio (52), Cunha (61), Boyata (77)
UNION BERLIN: Gikiewicz, Friedrich, Hübner, Parensen, Trimmel, Prömel, Andrich (Kroos 72), Reichel (Ryerson 63), Ingvartsen (Ujah 57), Bülter (Mali 63), Andersson (Polter 71)
Subs not used: Subotic, Mees, Malli, Gentner, Nicolas
Referee: Harm Osmers
The match was only the sixth Berlin derby in Bundesliga history and the second between the two teams.
Union, from the east of the city, had triumphed thanks to a late penalty in November, almost 30 years to the day since the Berlin Wall came down.
The home side turned the screw in this contest with two goals in two minutes early in the second half, Vedad Ibisevic heading home emphatically in the 51st minute and Dodi Lukebakio rounding the goalkeeper to net soon after.
Matheus Cunha added a third in the 61st minute before the fourth from Belgium international Boyata, who sparked controversy last weekend when he was photographed appearing to kiss a team-mate during his team’s first match back.
The result helps Hertha rise to 10th in the Bundesliga table, four points and two places ahead of Union.
The action continues on Saturday when Wolfsburg take on Borussia Dortmund at 2:30pm.
Belgian forward Dodi Lukebakio rounds Gikiewicz to double Hertha’s lead on 52 minutes
Matheus Cunha (centre) celebrates after curling into the bottom corner to score Hertha’s third
Former Celtic defender Derdryck Boyata rises highest to head in Hertha’s fourth and final goal
Boyata’s header nestles in the back of the net on 77 minutes to secure three Bundesliga points