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Hertha Berlin, Hansa Rostock ultras force delay of German Cup game

FC Hansa Rostock v Hertha BSC - DFB Cup

ROSTOCK, GERMANY - AUGUST 14: Supporters of Berlin use pyrotechnical articles during the DFB Cup first round match between FC Hansa Rostock and Hertha BSC at Ostseestadion on August 14, 2017 in Rostock, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Things got pretty testy in the stands on Monday night in Rostock, Germany.

In a second round German Cup matchup between host Hansa Rostock and Hertha Berlin, ultras from both Hertha Berlin and Hansa Rostock lit flares and one such pyrotechnic show forced a 15-minute delay in the match, as the referee called players over to the tunnel for their safety.

The trouble reportedly began after Hansa displayed a once-stolen banner from the Hertha support, which set off flares flying between both sets of fans, who were separated by one section of seats and a line of police officers.

In the end, Hertha Berlin had the last laugh, as it scored two goals in the final 15 minutes after play resumed at 0-0 in the 76th minute, first from Mitchell Weiser and the second in stoppage time from Vedad Ibisevic.
“This is a thing that does not belong to the sport. We distance ourselves from it,” Hansa manager Pavel Dochtev said after the match.