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Hertha beaten in final away day in Hannover

Hannover- No more talk of the ‘E’ word. Hertha’s season effectively came to an end on Saturday afternoon following a 3-1 defeat against Hannover 96.

Three first half goals, including two in quick succession before the break, saw to Pal Dardai’s side, who created several good opening but were only rewarded by Davie Selke’s late consolation. 

Line Up

There was one change from the side that drew 2-2 with Augsburg last Saturday, and that was enforced at the last minute as Fabian Lustenberger replaced Niklas Stark with just minutes to go before kick-off. 

Match Summary

Buoyed by last week’s last comeback and the slight possibility of European football once more next season, Hertha started their final away day confidently and had Salomon Kalou’s effort rolled the other side of the post in the opening minute, this could have been a very different afternoon for those in blue and white.
Three minutes later the hosts were in front, Martin Harnik pouncing on a gap in the defence to poke past Rune Jarstein.
Hertha’s response was encouraging, with Leckie and Lazaro seeing plenty of the ball, and the former nearly set up Selke in the air, but the striker saw his header drift agonisingly wide.
Hannover came into the game in final stages of the half, and doubled their lead briefly after hitting the crossbar. Salif Sané wasn’t picked up from a free kick, and had the simple job of nodding home the second. 
While those in the stadium were taking the seats from celebrating the second, the lead was extended further, as Füllkrug beat Jarstein from a tight angle to send the home fans into raptures once again. 
Hertha continued to see all the ball and create all of the chances after the restart, and an even tenser finish could have been on the cards had another headed effort from Selke dipped under the bar instead of onto it shortly into the half.
A further header from the Blue and White forward dropped narrowly wide as Hertha kept pressing with time running down. 
They were rewarded for their work when Selke rifled home from 15 yards, but it was always going to be too little too late and sub Maxi Mittelstädt volleying just wide with five minutes to go was the closest the visitors came to finding the net again.
Saturday’s game brought Hertha’s season on the road to an end. Pal Dardai’s side end with 21 points from their 17 games away from the Olympiastadion, a marked and dramatic improvement on their 2016/17 tally.

Buoyed by last week’s last comeback and the slight possibility of European football once more next season, Hertha started their final away day confidently and had Salomon Kalou’s effort rolled the other side of the post in the opening minute, this could have been a very different afternoon for those in blue and white.

Three minutes later the hosts were in front, Martin Harnik pouncing on a gap in the defence to poke past Rune Jarstein.

Hertha’s response was encouraging, with Leckie and Lazaro seeing plenty of the ball, and the former nearly set up Selke in the air, but the striker saw his header drift agonisingly wide.

Hannover came into the game in final stages of the half, and doubled their lead briefly after hitting the crossbar.

Salif Sané wasn’t picked up from a free kick, and had the simple job of nodding home the second. 

While those in the stadium were taking the seats from celebrating the second, the lead was extended further, as Füllkrug beat Jarstein from a tight angle to send the home fans into raptures once again. 

Hertha continued to see all the ball and create all of the chances after the restart, and an even tenser finish could have been on the cards had another headed effort from Selke dipped under the bar instead of onto it shortly into the half.

A further header from the Blue and White forward dropped narrowly wide as Hertha kept pressing with time running down. 

They were rewarded for their work when Selke rifled home from 15 yards, but it was always going to be too little too late and sub Maxi Mittelstädt volleying just wide with five minutes to go was the closest the visitors came to finding the net again.

Saturday’s game brought Hertha’s season on the road to an end. Pal Dardai’s side end with 21 points from their 17 games away from the Olympiastadion, a marked and dramatic improvement on their 2016/17 tally.

Conclusions and Outlook

Hertha stay 10th on 43 points with one matchday remaining, although their slim chances of qualifying for the Europa League are over and they cannot improve on that position in the table. 
A top 10 place can be secured next weekend on the final day, when Leipzig come to the Olympiastadion for a 15:30 kick off. 

Hertha stay 10th on 43 points with one matchday remaining, although their slim chances of qualifying for the Europa League are over and they cannot improve on that position in the table. 

A top 10 place can be secured next weekend on the final day, when Leipzig come to the Olympiastadion for a 15:30 kick off. 

Teams, 05.05.2018
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