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Spectacular draw

A game full of chances for both teams began with the away side going 2-0 and then 3-1 up but Hertha BSC battled back to claim a point in a 3-3 draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Formation

Pál Dárdai made five changes to his side that lost to Düsseldorf before the international break. The head coach also had to make wholesale changes in defence, with Fabian Lustenberger and Derrick Luckassen for the injured duo of Karim Rekik and Niklas Stark. Marvin Plattenhardt started in place of the suspended Maximilian Mittelstädt. In the midfield, Marko Grujic made his comeback and came in for the injured Vladimir Darida. Finally, Mathew Leckie made his first start of the season, coming in for the injured Javairo Dilrosun. The guests only made one change with Kevin Akpoguma coming in for Leonardo Bittencourt.  A special congratulations for Fabian Lustenberger for making his 200th Bundesliga appearance.

Match Summary

In a crazy beginning to the game, Hertha Berlin went 1-0 down to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim within 60 seconds, with Kerem Demirbay scoring for the away side. Nine minutes later, Andrej Kramaric doubled their lead. However, only a minute later, Vedad Ibisevic pulled one back for the home team after stabbing the ball home. What followed was a strong phase of play for the Berliners with Leckie and Salomon Kalou both coming close to equalising. However, Hoffenheim also had chances, with Plattenhardt making a goal-line clearance to deny Hoffenheim from furthering their lead. Leckie went close once again before half-time but in the end, the home side went in at the break 2-1 down.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first, with chances falling for the home side. Leckie had another chance to equalise but his effort from just outside the area was parried away by the keeper. However, the first team to score after the break was the away side as Ermin Bičakčić heading home from a free-kick. Although the home side were two goals down they did not give up and immediately Ibisevic had a chance again but poked his effort past the post. At the other end, Rune Jarstein kept Hertha in the game as he parried a Nico Schulz shot. Pál Dárdai reacted and brought on Davie Selke and his change paid off five minutes later as the German crossed the ball into the path of Mathew Leckie who slotted home, scoring his first goal of the season. The home side once again had two big chances to equalise but the two veterans Kalou and Ibisevic both missed glorious opportunities. However, three minutes from full-time, after a corner got headed out by the Hoffenheim defence, Valentino Lazaro blasted home the ball from outside the area to bring the scores level. It was the last chance of the game and so it ended 3-3.

Conclusion and outlook

After losing two games on the trot, the Berliners were able to add one point to their tally. They now have 17 points after 12 games. Hertha Berlin will face Hannover 96 next Saturday.

Teams, 24.11.2018
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