Ante Covic made three changes for the team’s first game after the international break. Karim Rekik dropped out with injury and was replaced by Per Skjelbred. Marko Grujic and Davie Selke also came in for Dodi Lukebakio and Eduard Löwen.
Javairo Dilrosun had the first chance of the game shortly after kick off but his shot was straight at Tomas Koubek in the Augsburg goal (4’). In the opening exchanges, neither team really took hold of proceedings as they both found it difficult to make their way through the opposition defence. What followed was a deadly few minutes for the club from the capital as Philipp Max’s long range free kick went untouched all the way in to the Hertha net to make it 1-0 (17’). A few minutes later it got much worse for the Herthaner as Rune Jarstein lost the ball at the back and Sergio Cordova lashed it in to an empty net for 2-0. Following the challenge that he made on Cordova which led to the goal, Jarstein was also shown a red card, meaning the away side were down to ten (26’, 27’). It was then the home side who took control and their next opportunity came just minutes later with Cordova lashing an effort over the bar (38’). Hertha then went up the other end but Vladimir Darida was just a whisker away from converting a Maxi Mittelstädt cross (39’). The Herthaner were lucky not to go in to the break in even worse shape as the ball once again ended up in the net but was later ruled out for offside against Florian Niederlechner (42’). Davie Selke almost pulled one back before half time but his header from close range went just over the bar (45’).
The second half could not have started any unluckier for the away side as Andre Hahn’s long range strike headed in to the corner for Augsburg’s third of the day (52’). The home side didn’t rest on their laurels either, they continued to push forward and hunt for more goals. They nearly got it too when Hahn went racing through but his shot from close range went sailing over the bar (57’). When Lukas Klünter lost the ball, Ruben Vargas was almost in for the home side but his effort missed by inches (60’). Florian Niederlechner sealed the game for the home side after tucking away a well worked free kick routine in to the corner from a tight angle (80’). In the closing stages, Hertha BSC struggled to make any inroads in to the Augsburg defence and so the scored stayed the same until the final whistle was blown.
Conclusion and Outlook
After the loss, Hertha now find themselves 14th in the table with eleven points. This coming Saturday (30/11/19), the club from the capital will face Borussia Dortmund.