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VIDEO: Brooks scores opening goal for Hertha Berlin

1:08 am AEST 10/4/17
John Brooks Hertha Berlin
The American scored his second goal of the season to give his club the 1-0 lead early in the first half

It wasn't pretty, but John Brooks' 12th-minute goal for Hertha BSC on Sunday was certainly a big one.

The American international hit a diving header from eight yards out after the ball had bounced around the penalty area following a Hertha corner kick, giving the side a 1-0 lead over Augsburg in a match that could prove crucial for both clubs.

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With Hertha chasing a spot in the Europa League and Augsburg looking to steer clear of relegation from the Bundesliga, Brooks' opening strike secured a valuable three points for his club.

Hertha doubled the lead later in the first half thanks to Valentin Stocker's 37th-minute goal. The match ended 2-0, giving Hertha's European ambitions a boost.