Berlin - Five minutes had been played before Mitchell Weiser swung in the first corner of the game. The right back crossed it into the path of Matthew Leckie with pinpoint accuracy, who redirected the ball towards the Wolfsburg goal. His header clattered the woodwork - the right post to be exact. “On another day the ball would have gone in. And then the game would have gone a lot differently,” said the Australian after the game. It would have been an early lead so important in a game between these two defensively compact sides. But it helps no-one to speculate what might have happened if Leckie had managed to find the back of the net.
It wasn’t just that chance that ensured Hertha were the side in control in the early goings. They combined well multiple times to create good chances within the Wolfsburg penalty area. “We started off well in the first half and put what we had been doing in training into practice,” said Dárdai after the game. With a bit more precision and a bit more intent - they would have been up 1-0, said Dárdai confidently. “When you invest so much, you have to make sure that the final pass finds the man. If that had happened, we would have gone in front,” the coach continued, who only really had one moment to worry about, when Niklas Stark directed the ball onto his own post in a challenge with a Wolfsburg player (18’).