Due to the unfortunate withdrawal of Marvin Plattendhardt, Ante Covic was forced to make changes: Maximilian Mittelstädt replaced ‘Platte’ at left back and Vladimir Darida came in for Ondrej Duda in central midfield.
The home side were forced to make a change themselves in just the sixth minute as Kingsley Schindler replaced the injured Dominic Drexler.
It was the home side who got off to the better start, forcing birthday boy Rune Jarstein in to some early saves. First from 35-year-old Florian Kainz’s free kick (7’) before the Norwegian managed to acrobatically catch a Jhon Cordoba header on the line (14’). It took the Herthaner a little bit longer to find their rhythm, but they needed just one chance to go in front and they took it. In the 23rd minute, Javairo Dilrosun struck a fierce shot from 25 yards in to the left hand corner. Ante Covic’s side grew in confidence after the goal, and it took them just five more minutes to create another chance. Vladimir Darida got on the end of a great counter from Lukas Klünter and Marius Wolf but saw his shot hit the side netting (28’). The home side huffed and puffed but struggled to create any clear cut chances before the break, instead the Herthaner countered. After a great ball out from Jarstein, Dilrosun found himself away on the left wing, but his cheeky chip clipped the bar on its way over (36’). Whilst Cologne may have had luck on their side in that situation, they did not in the next. Referee Sören Storks overturned his own decision to give Jorge Mere a yellow card after a tackle on Vladimir Darida, sending the Spaniard for an early bath (41’). Cologne were not happy about the decision, but it didn’t stop Hertha from going in 1-0 up at the break.
Joker Ibisevic decides the game
Just as they did in the first half, Cologne came out swinging in the second as Anthony Modeste struck just over the bar after a good counter attack (50’). Then the Vedad Ibisevic show began. In the 57th minute, the captain came on for Davie Selke and he needed just two touches to create two wonderful goals. First, the Bosnian slammed home a Lukas Klünter cross to make it 2-0 (58’), before promptly turning home a great pass from Darida to stun the home side and make it 3-0. The ‘Rhinelanders’ did not recover from such a huge knock-out punch. The crossbar prevented a Cologne consolation strike (78’), Horn parried a Darida shot immediately after (79’). It was Dedryck Boyata who put the final nail in the coffin though, nodding home a corner from his Belgian teammate Dodi Lukébakio (83’). The Herthaner saw out the comfortable advantage they had created without any problems and celebrated their first away win of the Bundesliga season!
Conclusion and Outlook
The Herthaner earned their fifth, sixth and seventh points of the season against Cologne, taking them to tenth in the table. Ante Covic's team will now head home for their coming game against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Friday evening (04/10/19, 20:30 CEST).