Pefok scores on Bundesliga debut as Union beats Hertha

Pefok scores on Bundesliga debut as Union beats Hertha

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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 sport 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 approach 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).

“Stadtmeister has a pleasant ring to it, nevertheless it’s solely the primary sport,” Union captain Christopher Trimmel stated. “(League) survival stays our goal.”

Pefok joined from Swiss staff Younger Boys within the offseason and has already change into a fan favourite. He obtained a standing ovation together with teammate Genki Haraguchi after they had 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 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 staff’s confidence.

Tempers frayed outdoors earlier than kickoff as highway closures led to site visitors chaos round Union’s Stadion an der Alten Försterei. Most followers had 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 excellent begin and compelled two good probabilities early on earlier than the guests had time to get better. However the residence staff needed to look forward to 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. 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 effectively with Janik Haberer and the house followers had been celebrating once more – belatedly – after a VAR test 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 Mönchengladbach 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.

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