Pefok, who additionally scored on his debut within the German Cup on Monday, opened the scoring within the thirty first to set Union on their technique to a 3rd consecutive league win over its rival — a fourth together with their cup assembly final season — to maintain the unofficial title of “Stadtmeister” (metropolis champion).
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“Stadtmeister has a pleasant ring to it, however it’s solely the primary sport,” Union captain Christopher Trimmel stated. “[League] survival stays our purpose.”
Pefok joined from Swiss crew Younger Boys within the offseason and has already develop into a fan favorite. He acquired a standing ovation together with teammate Genki Haraguchi once they have been taken off late within the sport.
Sheraldo Becker and Robin Knoche additionally scored to make sure Hertha’s tough begin to the season continued after their German Cup exit to second-division Eintracht Braunschweig final weekend. Hertha solely barely clinched survival final season and new coach Sandro Schwarz faces a tall order to revive the crew’s confidence.
Tempers frayed outdoors earlier than kickoff as street closures led to site visitors chaos round Union’s Stadion an der Alten Försterei. Most followers have been already inside the bottom lengthy earlier than kickoff, however the tailbacks persevered, upsetting motorists who had nothing to do with the match.
Union made an awesome begin and compelled two good possibilities early on earlier than the guests had time to get better. However the dwelling crew needed to watch for Becker to cross for Pefok to get the opener.
The second half started with a cloud of blue smoke from pyrotechnics within the Hertha finish. Seconds after the stadium announcer requested the visiting followers to desist, the Union supporters adopted swimsuit with a cloud of crimson smoke on the different finish. An enormous tifo declared “As soon as a Unioner, at all times a Unioner.” The stadium announcer’s appeals have been ignored.
Becker scored within the fiftieth after combining properly with Janik Haberer and the house followers have been celebrating once more — belatedly — after a VAR examine confirmed no offside when Knoche headed in Christopher Trimmel’s nook within the 54th.
Dodi Lukebakio scored Hertha’s comfort within the eighty fifth.