In comparison to the game against VfL Wolfsburg on the weekend, head coach Pál Dárdai made three changes to his starting XI. The injured Arne Maier, Fabian Lustenberger and Davie Selke were replaced by Maxi Mittelstädt, Salomon Kalou and Per Skjelbred. This changed the formation of the team as well, as Hertha BSC started with a 4-3-2-1 formation. Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer was injured and ex-Herthaner Jérôme Boateng was on the bench.
The DFB-Pokal round of 16 game could not have started better. After a layoff from Kalou, Mittelstädt found himself just outside the box, cut inside Mats Hummels and slotted the ball home into the bottom corner as the Olympiastadion erupted (3’). However, the lead did not last long as Bayern pushed for an equaliser. Serge Gnabry got the equaliser just four minutes later, powering a shot beneath Rune Jarstein (7’). The away side then began to dominate the possession and created chances but Jarstein made two good saves within five minutes to ensure that Hertha stayed level (21’, 26’). Bayern had the ball for the majority of the half but the two sides went in at half-time with the scores tied.
In stark comparison to the first half, the second half could not have begun any worse for the home side. After some good combination play, the ball found Gnabry, who once again beat Jarstein to put the away team into the lead (49’). Although Hertha tried to push for an instant reply, Bayern continued to dominate, and the home team found it difficult to get a grip on the game. Dárdai decided on the hour to bring on Selke for captain Vedad Ibišević and the decision reaped it’s rewards instantly. Selke capitalised on a Mats Hummels error and slotted the ball into the back of the net (67’). That was only the second shot of the game for Hertha. The final phases of normal time consisted of once again, a lot of Bayern possession, with Hertha defending well as a unit. There were few chances for both teams, but James Rodriguez was unable to convert a cross, whilst substitute Lukas Klünter had a shot straight at Sven Ulreich saved comfortably. Neither side could find a winner and so the game went in to extra time.
Extra time saw much the same play, Bayern having all the possession and the Herthaner defending as one. However, the away side were able to find the crucial winner as Robert Lewandowski lofted the ball into the box, and Kingsley Coman somehow nodded the ball over the line, beating several Hertha defenders in the air. Fabian Lustenberger and Jordan Torunarigha were brought on to try and find the equaliser but it was to no avail.
Conclusion and Outlook
The dream of a DFB-Pokal final in our own stadium is over. Hertha’s next game is on Saturday (09/02/19, 15:30 CET) as the capital club continue in the Bundesliga with a game against Borussia Mönchengladbach away.