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Ten minutes of mental strength

Saturday’s home game against Augsburg seemed to have been a lost cause but the closing stages the Blue-Whites came back from 2-0 down to salvage a point. Ibisevic got his first goal of the calendar year and Selke scored for the third game in a row. Palko Dárdai made his Bundesliga debut.

Berlin – 70 minutes were already on the clock when they stood side by side on the touchline: Pál and Palko Dárdai, head coach and player, father and son. Palko came on in place of Salomon Kalou for his first taste of Bundesliga action in a game which seemed had already got away from Hertha. “In the first 80 minutes, we were disappointing,” commented Davie Selke. “We were in good form in recent weeks but couldn’t build upon it against Augsburg,” said the striker. In front of 40,935 fans, Michael Gregoritsch’s deflected effort opened the scoring and Hertha failed to create chances for an equaliser. “The first Augsburg goal was frustrating. We over-complicated things in the first half,” reflected Marvin Plattenhardt.

Ibisevic’s introduction sparks game into life

In the second half, Hertha seemed to be marginally on top but it was the visitors who doubled their advantage. “We started brightly in the second half but were set back,” said Pál Dárdai. “We reacted quickly with Vedad, Ondrej and Palko who revitalised our game,” said the Hungarian. Vedad pulled on back after Davie Selke was fouled. “Vedad gave us a lift. His introduction was crucial,” praised Niklas Stark. Vedad also was involved in the leveller as he flicked the ball on with his head to Selke who finished when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

A big moment for Palko Dárdai

Not only Ibisevic played a crucial role in Hertha rescuing a point in the Olympiastadion. Palko Dárdai, on his Bundesliga debut, gave Hertha fresh impetus. “Palko’s earned his debut with his performances in training. I said to him a couple of weeks ago that he should keep going and it’ll pay off,” said a praising Selke. He also almost helped Hertha get a late winner. He was hacked down by Augsburg’s Marcel Heller when on a threatening counter attack for which the Augsburger was shown red. “At the end, we showed our mental strength. If the game was ten minutes longer, we could have won,” added Pál Dárdai.

Teams, 27.05.2018
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