Ante Covic made five changes from the loss to TSG Hoffenheim at the weekend with Rune Jarstein, Vedad Ibisevic (both on the bench), Dedryck Boyata, Per Skjelbred and Lukas Klünter (all not in the squad) coming out. In their place stood Thomas Kraft, Salomon kalou, Niklas Stark, Ondrej Duda and Javairo Dilrosun. The Dynamo coach made three changes from their 1-0 loss to Bielefeld at the weekend: Jeremejeff, Kreuzer and Müller all coming in for Möschl, hartmann and Burnic. Ex- Herthaner Patrick Ebert also started for the visitors.
Hertha started the game well amid what was an intense atmosphere with a double chance falling to Marius Wolf and Salomon Kalou in the opening exchanges (7’). Just a few seconds later, Dodi Lukebakio almost put the home side ahead, but was a whisker away with his shot (8’). Five minutes later it was Javairo Dilrosun who tried from distance, but Kevin Broll in the Dynamo goal parried well (13’). The Herthaner dominated the opening quarter of an hour in front of 70,429 spectators, with not much coming from the visitors. Not long after the 15th minute passed though, Dynamo came in to the game as Mousa Kone and Brian Hamalainen both missed good chances (17’, 18’). After that, the game died down a little, but Lukebakio put an end to the poor phase, but his shot just missed the target (28’). In the 35th minute, Dilrosun burst down the right wing at pace and shot at goal but Broll got a strong glove to the shot again. From the corner that followed, the visitors broke out on the counter and grabbed the opening goal (36’). 60 seconds before the half time whistle, Ondrej Duda almost equalised from a direct free kick – but Broll was yet again there to save Dynamo.
Duda scores five minutes before the end – but Ebert equalises
Immediately after the restart, the Dynamo goalkeeper was powerless to stop the goal, however. Duda sent the rampant Wolf, who squared it to Lukébakio which of course meant a well-deserved equaliser (48’). Moments later, Dilrosun had two bites at the cherry but couldn’t score (52'), before the Dutchman again failed to score, this time hitting the bottom of the crossbar after a great header (56'). At this stage, a second goal for the home side was more than on the cards, but the woodwork was constantly in the way, first with Kalou’s shot (59’). After a short breather, the 'Old Lady' kept getting forward, but the ball didn’t want to go in - Duda met his match in Broll who saved his shot well again (68’), before Lukébakio failed to hit the ball with any conviction (69’). In the final stages, Lukébakio put his shot a bit too high (82’), but a short time later, the hosts finally cheered as Duda slammed in a penalty kick in to the bottom left after Lukebakio was brought down in the box by Nilkas Kreuzer (85’). But the joy did not last long because Niklas Stark fouled Kone in the penalty area, and the referee once again gave the penalty! The former Herthaner Ebert equalised to make it 2-2 (90’) which sent the game to extra time.
The 30 minutes of added time started off relatively tame until a free kick from Marvin Plattenhardt came in but Niklas Stark couldn’t direct his shot in to the net (94’). The first period had little more to offer than that. The second period began with a bit more of a bang as Vedad Ibisevic thought he had put the hosts ahead, only to see his effort ruled out for offside (108’). Instead it was Dynamo who went up the other end and scored the goal to make it 3-2. The Herthaner scarcely had an answer, but up stepped substitute Jordan Torunarigha in the dying seconds to smash in the equaliser for the home side. To penalties! Hertha managed to win the penalty shootout 6-5 with some great work from Thomas Kraft and Marko Grujic eventually sealed the deal with his winning penalty. Ibisevic, Darida, Dilrosun and Selke also scored – Rekik’s effort sailed over the bar.
Conclusion and Outlook
After the crazy evening in the cup and a 6-5 win on penalties, the club from the capital are through to the last 16. The draw for which will be made on Sunday (03/11/19) from 18:00 CET in the German Football Museum in Dortmund. But it will be a while until then - now the eyes of all those associated with Hertha BSC are firmly on the derby on Saturday night (02/11/19, 18:30 CET) at FC Union Berlin.