POST TIME: 4 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
FC Union win emotional Berlin derby
AFP, Berlin

FC Union win emotional Berlin derby

Fireworks brought play to a halt and tempers threatened to boil over as FC Union defeated city rivals Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga derby since German reunification.

A 90th-minute penalty, converted by home striker Sebastian Polter, sealed the hosts' third league win this season on an emotional night at Union's sold-out Alten Foersterei stadium.

However, the referee had to march both teams off for six minutes at the start of the second-half after fireworks launched from the terraces landed on the pitch.

After the final whistle, a group of Union 'Ultras' -- masked hardcore fans -- invaded the pitch seemingly intent on confronting their Hertha rivals, before Union players persuaded them to return to the stands.