For Bruno Labbadia it was simply a "great feeling" – and Vedad Ibisevic cheered this time very exemplary.
"This is my job. It is not the first goal in my career. I am currently very happy that it is going to be so," said Bosnian Ibisevic after a clear derby victory against 1. FC Union. With his second goal in the second game under Labbadia, the experienced veteran Hertha BSC led to the well-deserved 4: 0 in the Berlin ghost derby.
Just one minute after scoring his leading goal, Ibisevic also initiated Dodi Lukebakio's goal in the practically empty Olympic stadium (52nd minute) and thus played a key role in making amends for the painful 0-1 defeat against the city rivals in November in the first round match at Stadion An der Alte Försterei. "We know exactly what the game means for our fans. This time we performed really well," said Ibisevic.Matheus Cunha (61.) and Dedryck Boyata (77.) ensured the final result at Hertha's highest derby win and the first ever at home in the Olympic Stadium. In contrast to the previous 3-0 win in Hoffenheim, the professionals also kept the correct Corona distance for all goals. Ibisevic drew special attention to this by hand signals. "There was a lot of discussion about it, today I decided so," commented the attacker of the celebration scenes. Hertha anthem hooks, Union coach not satisfied Hertha continued the upward trend under Labbadia with the second clear success and pushed to kick off the 27th "Matchdays of the Bundesliga in 34th place with 34 points." A derby has an incredible appeal, "said Labbadia:" It's a shame that our fans weren't there. It would have been gigantic if we had such a game in front of 75,000 spectators delivered. " Ascending Union has to look at relegation places with another 30 points. "The first goal completely disconcerted us," said Union coach Urs Fischer. Before the teams line up for the minute of silence held at all stadiums on this matchday for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic, the practically empty giant concrete bowl sounded like familiar with the Hertha anthem "Just Home" by Schlager bard Frank Zander. This time, however, the recording was questionable. The crackling and croaking from the speakers was a symbol for an initial phase with football-related obstacles.Union also practiced in the derby highlight the Köpenickers' own robust defensive posture with very little scope for the opponent – but not later. "We have to talk about the second 45 minutes," said Fischer.Cunha whirls, Boyata convinces that Vladimir Darida, who has returned after being suspended as the only starting eleven variant, tried to give the necessary impetus to the Hertha headquarters. However, much remained piecemeal. Lukebakio (20) ran completely into the side with the ball. Shortly before, the Belgian had failed in one of the few promising actions with a low shot to Union goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz. The Pole was also in the right place with a fine hoe trick by Matheus Cunha (27.) after the most worth seeing Hertha combination via Ibisevic and Lukebakio. The only dangerous goal action by the Iron Team was a free kick by Robert Andrich (44.) just before the half-time break just over the goal. After the break, Hertha had enough momentum to show the rivals the limits. Ibisevic headed unopposed after a cross from Marvin Plattenhardt. Seconds later, Ibisevic sent Lukebakio freely towards the gate. Matheus Cunha had initiated his hit himself with a fine dribbling. Boyata made it to the end – in the first leg he had caused the decisive penalty for Union.