Pál Dárdai made four changes after the defeat in Bremen. The injured Rune Jarstein was replaced by Thomas Kraft and Maximilian Mittelstädt, Per Skjelbred and Salomon Kalou came in for Marvin Plattenhardt, Fabian Lustenberger and Palko Dárdai. The Bayern head coach Niko Kovac made six changes for the game with Boateng, Alaba, Thiago, James, Ribéry and Lewandowski coming in for Hummels, Goretzka, Javi Martinez, Müller, Gnabry and Wagner.
The Berliners began well against the champions and dominated possession for the first fifteen minutes. Hertha’s defence was solid and all the players were fully focused on the task ahead. In the 22nd minute, Boateng fouled Salomon Kalou in the box and Hertha were awarded a penalty which Vedad Ibisevic put away very confidently. It was a goal fully deserved for the home side. However, immediately after the restart, Bayern hit back with some intensive attacking plays. Nevertheless, Hertha remained attentive and were able to withstand the away team’s attacks. Shortly before the break, there was a huge uproar from inside the Olympiastadion as Ondrej Duda rifled the ball into the back of the net after some good work down the right-hand side from Valentino Lazaro to make it 2-0 to the home side.
The second half began with more pressure from Bayern but once again the Hertha defence was alert and withstood the barrage. Thomas Kraft pulled off two saves from point black range to keep the Berliners in the game. Dárdai’s team worked tirelessly and passionately against the constant attacks from the Bavarian team. Bayern never gave up and ran constantly, but Hertha BSC brought home the win with a sensational team performance and a lot of dedication from start to finish.
Conclusion and Outlook
After our first win against Bayern München in nine years, the Berliners have climbed to second place in the Bundesliga table, level on points with Bayern in first. Hertha will now face Mainz 05 next Saturday (06/10/18).