BERLIN (AP) — United States ahead Jordan Pefok scored on his Bundesliga debut to assist Union Berlin defeat Hertha Berlin 3-1 of their first league recreation of the season on Saturday.
Pefok, who additionally scored on his debut within the German Cup on Monday, opened the scoring within the thirty first to set Union on its method to a 3rd consecutive win over its rival to maintain the unofficial title of ”Stadtmeister” (metropolis champion).
Pefok joined from Swiss group Younger Boys within the offseason and has already grow to be a fan favourite. He acquired a standing ovation together with teammate Genki Haraguchi once they had been taken off late within the recreation.
Sheraldo Becker and Robin Knoche additionally scored to make sure Hertha’s troublesome begin to the season continued after its 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 group’s confidence.
Tempers frayed outdoors earlier than kickoff as highway closures led to visitors chaos round Union’s Stadion an der Alten FÃ¶rsterei. Most followers had been already inside the bottom lengthy earlier than kickoff, however the tail backs persevered, upsetting motorists who had nothing to do with the match.
Union made an amazing begin and compelled two good possibilities early on earlier than the guests had time to get better. However the house group needed to await 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 go well with with a cloud of purple smoke on the different finish. A large tifo declared “As soon as a Unioner, at all times a Unioner.” The stadium announcer’s appeals had been ignored.
Becker scored within the fiftieth after combining nicely with Janik Haberer and the house followers had 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.
Additionally, cup finalist Freiburg routed Augsburg 4-0 away, Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach defeated visiting Hoffenheim 3-1, Wolfsburg drew with promoted Werder Bremen 2-2, and Mainz received 2-1 in Bochum.
Borussia Dortmund hosted Bayer Leverkusen late.