Bundesliga GW27: Berlin is blue!
Updated: Feb 9
Hertha Berlin 4-0 Union Berlin
For the second time in two weeks, Hertha Berlin produced a superb second-half performance to blow away their opponents, scoring four goals to convincingly beat their capital city rivals Union Berlin.
The Hertha Berlin logo on a flag. Photo: jorono via Pixabay
Hertha looked short of ideas in the first half, with both teams struggling to create anything in the final third. But it was a different story after the interval, just as it was last week in Hoffenheim, with Matheus Cunha once again inspiring his side.
Hertha found the breakthrough when left-back Marvin Plattenhardt found the head of experienced striker Vedad Ibisevic, who steered home for his second goal in two weeks. Just a minute later, Dodi Lukebakio doubled the lead as the stubborn Union side fell apart at the back.
Matheus Cunha made it three after good link-up play with Ibisevic, before defender Dedryck Boyata finished the scoring with a header from a corner.
Hertha’s new coach, Bruno Labbadia, has now seen his side score seven goals and two clean sheets during his first two games at the helm of Die Alte Dame.
The Bundesliga’s top three sides all continued their impressive runs of form, with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen all picking up wins.
Bayern Munich looked set for a comfortable three points when they took a 3-0 lead against Eintracht Frankfurt, before one of Moment’s players to watch, Martin Hinteregger, scored twice from corners. After a moment of doubt for Hansi Flick’s team, superb young full-back Alphonso Davies took advantage of Frankfurt’s hesitation at the back to restore the two-goal advantage. The 5-2 victory was secured when Hinteregger netted an own goal.
BVB meanwhile recorded a 2-0 win away at Wolfsburg, with exceptional wingbacks Rafa Guerreiro and Ashraf Hakimi scoring a goal each.
Leverkusen beat top-four rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1, with two goals from young talisman Kai Havertz. Another player to watch, Marcus Thuram, scored for the home side, but Leverkusen were too strong for the hosts.
At the other end of the table, Werder Bremen picked up a crucial win, beating Freiburg 1-0. Hoffenheim and Paderborn drew 1-1, leaving Paderborn 9 points off safety at the foot of the table.
Bayern face Dortmund on Tuesday's “Der Klassiker”, a match that looks set to be the title-decider.