Bremen- It came down to a late block from Jordan Torunarigha, who was in the right place at the right time to keep out a last minute effort from Max Eggestein to preserve a point. It was the first time Thomas Kraft had been fairly beaten all game, and would have been harsh on a Hertha XI that stay resolute throughout and dug in deep.
Werder had one chalked off for a foul on Fabian Lustenberger early on, and while the home side may have felt hard done by given their pressure, the best chance of the game prior to the final minute came from Vedad Ibisevic.
With Mitchell Weiser injured, Pal Dardai brought in Peter Pekarik at right back, but otherwse stuck with the same side which drew at home to Dortmund eight days previously.
There had been encouraging signs for Hertha on the road in recent games, with an unfortunate own-goal in Stuttgart the only blemish away from home since September.
But Bremen came out aggressive, and didn’t allow Hertha a chance to get forward on the break. There were early warning signs, and Jerome Gondorf struck the woodwork after a matter of minutes.
Valentino Lazaro and Davie Selke were kept very quiet, and the early pressure looked to have told when Eggestein swept home on the quarter hour mark.
But VAR came to Hertha’s aid, alerting the referee to a foul on Fabian Lustenberger in the lead up to the goal and the score remained goalless. At the other end, Salomon Kalou weaved his way into space on the edge of the Werder box, but saw his shot saved by Jiri Pavlenka.
There was more impetus behind Pal Dardai’s men after the break, and a swift move involving Selke and Lazaro saw Salomon Kalou head over shortly after the restart.
The ball and the momentum remained with Bremen, but Hertha defended with guile and nouse, snuffing out everything those in Green could throw at them.
Kraft had to come to the rescue to deny Gebre Selassie’s header, and the keeper was in top form again to block the Werder front line moments later as time ticked down.
Club captain Ibisevic had arguably the chance of the contest, but the Bosnian was unable to power home at the back post after Valentino Lazaro had skinned two Werder players in the corner and broken into the box.
It came down to last-minute heroics from Torunarigha, who positioned himself perfectly to stop Eggestein’s point-blank effort with the last kick of the game.
Conclusion and Outlook
The point is Hertha’s second in succession after last week’s draw with Dortmund, and leaves them 11th in the table with 26 points.
Hoffenheim are the visitors to the Olympiastadion next Saturday for a 15:30 CET kick off.