The Berlin Derby was explosive. The game had to be interrupted. A pitch invasion from Union Berlin fans was stopped by their own goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz.
Schalke left it late against Union Berlin, but thanks to their young German midfielder the club sit in second in the Bundesliga. The visitors from the capital were outplayed in the second half.
Table-toppers Gladbach and insurgent newcomers Union Berlin have done more than any to breathe life into the Bundesliga this season. Fittingly, their first ever league meeting produced a thriller.
Hertha face local rivals Union for the first time in the Bundesliga as the German capital takes center stage. With new financial backing and Berlin booming, it’s the perfect time for the 'Old Lady' to make a fresh start.
The football might have been underwhelming in the Berlin derby, but this was German fan culture at its best — until rockets were fired onto the pitch. At that point, a line has been crossed, writes DW's Matt Ford.
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