Köln- Pal Dardai named an unchanged side for the fifth game in a row. Sebastian Langkamp and Salomon Kalou, who both missed training sessions in the week, were available. Mitchell Weiser sat on the bench. FC Köln replaced Neven Subotic, Christian Clemens and Simon Zoller with Dominique Heintz, Marco Höger and Konstantin Rausch.
Hertha went into the game bouncing off the back of last week’s win over Dortmund, determined to improve this season’s weak form away from home. But the game could have begun in worse fashion for the boys, as Yuya Osako opened the scoring from distance after just six minutes. It took some time for Pal Dardai’s side to get into the game, and Vedad Ibisevic was unlucky to be denied by Timo Horn in the home goal just after the half hour. Salomon Kalou was then forced off and he was replaced by Mitchell Weiser before two crazy minutes saw Köln stretch further ahead. Anthony Modeste added two quick goals to put home side in complete control. Ibisevic was then denied again just before the half time whistle blew.
Ibisevic scores from the spot
Sami Allagui was introduced at the start of the second half in place of Per Skjelbred. Hertha started quickly and pulled one back almost straight away when Ibisevic scored from 12 yards after Niklas Stark had been bundled over by Horn. The visitors pressed for another but instead fell further behind when Modeste raced clear to restore the three goal advantage. Dardai’s side refused to give up and pulled another goal back when John Brooks powered in a header from a corner. Ibisevic almost set up an exciting finish late on but somehow saw his close range effort saved by Horn.
Hertha went down to a sixth successive away defeat after a nightmare first half, despite a spirited second half display. Pal Dardai’s side will welcome TSG Hoffenheim to the Olypiastadion in just under two weeks time after the international break.