There was one man particularly in the spotlight this evening as FC Erzgebirge Aue welcomed Hertha: Pascal Köpke. The attacker was returning to his former club after making the move from Aue to the capital last summer. He also captained the Hertha side.
Hertha started the game on the front foot, with Ondrej Duda having perhaps the best chance with a free kick that went just wide of goal. Following a couple of chances for the hosts, it was their captain that put Aue ahead, heading in from a corner. Things then went from bad to worse for Hertha, when Dimitrij Nazarov and Hikmet Ciftci both scored in the four minutes before the break to make the score 3-0 at half time.
Selke gets one back, VAR gets involved
Hertha went into the second half with a completely different formation and tried to put the second division side to the sword. However, it was the hosts who had the first chance of the second half through Christoph Daferner. Davie Selke then got a goal back for Hertha after good work from Mathew Leckie and Dennis Jastrzembski, but that was as good as it got for the Old Lady. Tom Baumgart added a fourth for the home side just afterwards. Muhammed Kiprit thought he’d made the score 4-2, but the goal was ruled out after VAR was consulted. “We don’t train for these friendlies. We also did a lot of athletic work in two sessions on Tuesday. We can lose pre-season games. As long as we understand the basics – like we did in the second half – then everything is ok,” said Čović.
Hertha have another session tomorrow (15:00 CEST) before a double-header on Friday (10:00 and 15:00 CEST). The next friendly on the calendar is on Saturday against VfL Bochum (18:00 CEST). Čović’s side will then train at 10:00 CEST to finish the week’s action.
1st half: Smarsch, Klünter, Baak, Rekik, Bretschneider, Skjelbred, Esswein, Čović, Duda, Dilrosun, Köpke
2nd half: Kraft, Leckie, Stark, Torunarigha, Plattenhardt, Dardai, Albrecht, Friede, Jastrzembski, Kiprit, Selke
Goals: 1-0 Testroet (27’), 2-0 Nazarov (41’), 3-0 Ciftci (45’), 3-1 Selke (74’), 4-1 Baumgart (79’)
Referee: Alexander Sather
Stadium: Erzgebirgsstadion, Aue