Pál Dárdai made just one change following the goalless draw in Frankfurt. The suspended Lukas Klünter was replaced by Mathew Leckie, with Valentino Lazaro returning to right-back. Alexander Esswein was on the bench for the visitors.
The Blue-Whites dominated the opening minutes of the game. The first chance of the game fell to Salomon Kalou but his shot was blocked by a Stuttgart player (15’). Maximilian Mittelstädt also had a half chance but his attempt was saved by Robert Zieler, the Stuttgart goalkeeper. The visiting team had their first chance of the game but Gonzalo Castro could only sky his free-kick (19’). The capital club were dominant in possession but chances were far and few between. However, five minutes before the break, the home team finally got the lead. A cross from Plattenhardt was met by Mathew Leckie, who had his header saved, but the rebound fell to the feet of Ibišević who slotted the ball home (41’). However, Herthaner did not sit back and instead continued to go forward. Ondrej Duda got on the score sheet too after pouncing on another parry from the goalkeeper (45’). The home side went in at half-time 2-0 up.
After the break, Fabian Lustenberger and Rune Jarstein came to the rescue of the home team by keeping the ball out of the net (54’). Stuttgart made a double change with Mario Gomez and Esswein coming on. After the hour mark passed, Marko Grujić replaced Per Skjelbred and the Serbian made an instant impact; driving through the defence and crossing the ball into Mathew Leckie. However, the Australian’s effort went wide, whilst he also injured his ankle while shooting (62’). Javairô Dilrosun replaced the injured Leckie and he too made an instant impact. After turning on the afterburners and skinning his man, he laid the ball on a plate for Salomon Kalou who tapped home (67’). Three minutes later, Gomez scored for the visitors (70’). The last twenty minutes of the game was relatively quiet and the game ended 3-1 to Hertha BSC.
Conclusion and Outlook
After being winless in seven, the Blue-Whites finally got the win! They are now on 40 points and sit in 10th. Hertha BSC will face FC Augsburg next Saturday (11/05/19, 15:30 CEST) in their penultimate game of the season. A week later, Hertha BSC will play the final Bundesliga game against Bayer Leverkusen at the Olympiastadion (18/05/19, 15:30 CEST).