Simon terodde (9. Minute) and adam nemec (49.) had given the visitors the lead in front of 74,244 fans in the sold-out olympiastadion – around 25,000 of whom were union fans – but adrian ramos (73.) and ronny had the answer ready. Hertha missed by the points division the first-time table leadership and remains with 46 pay on promotion rank two.
"That was a derby where we couldn’t get rid of the tension and uptightness," analyzed hertha coach jos luhukay. With one point "you have to be happy". Almost apologetically, he added: "it’s a pity that we couldn’t have brought more in terms of football. There was far too much fear in the game."Union captain torsten mattuschka said: "we argue without end, we had absolutely deserved it. We have made an outstanding game." Coach uwe neuhaus said: "it’s a pity, actually, i would have liked to take a three-way with me."
Union (31 points) continues to rank fourth seven payers behind kaiserslautern. In the fourth derby against hertha – previously one win and one draw – the kopenickers made it clear why they had previously lost only once in nine league games in a row. Courageously, the guests put in the fast forward gear again and again. After a mistake by peter pekarik, who was making his comeback after a shoulder injury, thomas kraft saved a shot by union captain mattuschka. But the eighth goal of the season by terodde could not prevent the hertha keeper.
The favorite had a hard time getting going, ronny’s shots were unsuccessful for a long time. Sami allagui heads from seven meters exactly into the arms of daniel haas (32.). Again after preliminary work of mattuschka made it nemec by head on the opposite side better.
In the finish, however, the herthans reared up once again. Ramos by head and shortly before the final whistle ronny with a brachialen free kick from far outside the penalty area saved the hertha.