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Narrow defeat to Wolfsburg

Hertha BSC suffered a 1-0 defeat to VfL Wolfsburg at the Olympiastadion on Saturday (02/02/19). Weghorst scored the only goal of the game in the second half.

Formation

For the third week in a row, head coach Pál Dárdai decided to keep his side unchanged. Hertha Berlin therefore, started with a 3-5-2 formation but changed to a 4-4-2 during the game. Davie Selke and Vedad Ibišević once again spearheaded the Hertha attack. Ex-Herthaner John Anthony Brooks started in a back four for the away side.

Match Summary

The game began slowly and there were no real chances for either side as the snow fell lightly over the Olympiastadion. The first big chance of the game fell to the visitors. Wolfsburg left-back was played through on goal but Rune Jarstein parried Roussillon’s first effort. However, the parry was straight back into the path of the left-back, whose shot was miraculously once-again blocked by Jarstein. The ball hit Jarstein in the face and then bounced off the top of the crossbar (18’). Five minutes later, Hertha themselves also hit the crossbar. Valentino’s free-kick found a free Karim Rekik at the back post but his header also bounced off the top of the crossbar (33’). Until the half-time whistle blew, Wolfsburg looked the more dangerous side but the teams went in at half-time 0-0.

The second half began similarly to the first half, both sides not being able to create any clear-cut chances. The first shot of the half came as Arne Maier rifled a shot from just outside the area, but the Wolfsburg keeper saved comfortably (64’). However, a minute later, the visitors took the lead. Roussillon crossed the ball into the box and Weghorst nipped in, in front of Marvin Plattenhardt to as they took the lead (65’). Dárdai reacted immediately by taking off Plattenhardt and Ibišević for Maxi Mittelstädt and Salomon Kalou. Shortly after, Vladimir Darida joined the fray for Arne Maier. The final 15 minutes was a complete barrage from the home side. Marko Grujić had a header saved from point blank range and Darida’s effort from the rebound was also saved by the Wolfsburg keeper. Shortly before the end, Selke was put through one-on-one but was unable to convert with his weaker left-foot. The game ended 1-0.

Conclusion and Outlook

Hertha Berlin remain on 28 points. Dárdai’s team will face a difficult test next week as they travel to Gladbach. They will be without right-back Valentino Lazaro who picked up his fifth yellow card and is therefore suspended. However, before the game on Saturday, the capital club will face Bayern München in the DFB-Pokal at the Olympiastadion.

Teams, 02.02.2019