Hertha tops league after beating Bayern

Hertha Berlin striker Andrey Voronin admitted he was on cloud nine after firing his side to the top of the Bundesliga with both goals to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 on Saturday.

Hertha tops league after beating Bayern
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The Ukrainian forward, on loan from Liverpool, scored either side of half-time to put Hertha top of the league and knock Hoffenheim into second spot following their shock 4-1 hammering by Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

Voronin opened the scoring mid-way through the first-half, but Bayern equalised through Germany striker Miroslav Klose after the break only for the Ukrainian to score his second with time running out to put his side top.

“Beating Bayern is obviously a bit special,” said Voronin after his two superb strikes at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. “We’re top of the league, and the whole city and club will be overjoyed. We were disciplined, we kept it tight, and we gave them very few chances.”

Voronin said the first-half injury to Bayern’s Luca Toni, who was forced off with an Achilles tendon injury, helped Hertha’s cause as Munich lost their Italian World Cup-winning striker who was the league’s top-scorer last season.

“We were lucky too when Luca Toni had to go off. But Bayern weren’t as good as we’d been expecting,” he said.

And Hertha’s Swiss coach Lucien Favre said it was his finest hour since he took over in July 2007.

“I have to say this is the best day I’ve had since coming to Hertha,” he said. “It’s just fantastic. I’m truly delighted. We were a unit out on the field today. The 2-1 scoreline isn’t undeserved.”

But Bayern boss Jurgen Klinsmann was fuming after his side missed a golden chance to go top of the table for the first time this season as they slumped to their second league defeat in their last three games.

“We’re very disappointed, and angry about missing out on first place,” said Klinsmann. “The lads are sitting in the dressing room and saying to themselves: ‘that’s unbelievable’, but that’s football,” he said. “I still think we’ll take first place sooner or later. We’ll sit down now and analyse the match,” he said. “I think the team recognises we lacked the necessary spark to score the decisive goal ourselves and avoid inviting our opponents to hit us on the break.”

The result leaves Hertha top of the table by a single point over second-placed Hoffenheim, while defending champions Bayern drop to third.

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EXPLAINED: Berlin’s latest Covid rules

In response to rapidly rising Covid-19 infection rates, the Berlin Senate has introduced stricter rules, which came into force on Saturday, November 27th. Here's what you need to know.

A sign in front of a waxing studio in Berlin indicates the rule of the 2G system
A sign in front of a waxing studio indicates the rule of the 2G system with access only for fully vaccinated people and those who can show proof of recovery from Covid-19 as restrictions tighten in Berlin. STEFANIE LOOS / AFP

The Senate agreed on the tougher restrictions on Tuesday, November 23rd with the goal of reducing contacts and mobility, according to State Secretary of Health Martin Matz (SPD).

He explained after the meeting that these measures should slow the increase in Covid-19 infection rates, which was important as “the situation had, unfortunately, deteriorated over the past weeks”, according to media reports.

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Essentially, the new rules exclude from much of public life anyone who cannot show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19. You’ll find more details of how different sectors are affected below.

If you haven’t been vaccinated or recovered (2G – geimpft (vaccinated) or genesen (recovered)) from Covid-19, then you can only go into shops for essential supplies, i.e. food shopping in supermarkets or to drugstores and pharmacies.

Many – but not all – of the rules for shopping are the same as those passed in the neighbouring state of Brandenburg in order to avoid promoting ‘shopping tourism’ with different restrictions in different states.

2G applies here, too, as well as the requirement to wear a mask with most places now no longer accepting a negative test for entry. Only minors are exempt from this requirement.

Sport, culture, clubs
Indoor sports halls will off-limits to anyone who hasn’t  been vaccinated or can’t show proof of recovery from Covid-19. 2G is also in force for cultural events, such as plays and concerts, where there’s also a requirement to wear a mask. 

In places where mask-wearing isn’t possible, such as dance clubs, then a negative test and social distancing are required (capacity is capped at 50 percent of the maximum).

Restaurants, bars, pubs (indoors)
You have to wear a mask in all of these places when you come in, leave or move around. You can only take your mask off while you’re sat down. 2G rules also apply here.

Hotels and other types of accommodation 
Restrictions are tougher here, too, with 2G now in force. This means that unvaccinated people can no longer get a room, even if they have a negative test.

For close-contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, it’s up to the service providers themselves to decide whether they require customers to wear masks or a negative test.

Football matches and other large-scale events
Rules have changed here, too. From December 1st, capacity will be limited to 5,000 people plus 50 percent of the total potential stadium or arena capacity. And only those who’ve been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 will be allowed in. Masks are also compulsory.

For the Olympic Stadium, this means capacity will be capped at 42,000 spectators and 16,000 for the Alte Försterei stadium. 

3G rules – ie vaccinated, recovered or a negative test – still apply on the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and buses in Berlin. It was not possible to tighten restrictions, Matz said, as the regulations were issued at national level.

According to the German Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, people have to wear a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask  on public transport.

Christmas markets
The Senate currently has no plans to cancel the capital’s Christmas markets, some of which have been open since Monday. 

According to Matz, 2G rules apply and wearing a mask is compulsory.

Schools and day-care
Pupils will still have to take Covid tests three times a week and, in classes where there are at least two children who test positive in the rapid antigen tests, then tests should be carried out daily for a week.  

Unlike in Brandenburg, there are currently no plans to move away from face-to-face teaching. The child-friendly ‘lollipop’ Covid tests will be made compulsory in day-care centres and parents will be required to confirm that the tests have been carried out. Day-care staff have to document the results.

What about vaccination centres?
Berlin wants to expand these and set up new ones, according to Matz. A new vaccination centre should open in the Ring centre at the end of the week and 50 soldiers from the German army have been helping at the vaccination centre at the Exhibition Centre each day since last week.

The capacity in the new vaccination centre in the Lindencenter in Lichtenberg is expected to be doubled. There are also additional vaccination appointments so that people can get their jabs more quickly. Currently, all appointments are fully booked well into the new year.