After the 3-1 home victory against VfB Stuttgart, head coach Pál Dárdai made three changes to the starting XI. Thomas Kraft replaced Rune Jarstein, who underwent a knee operation in midweek. Lukas Klünter was named in place of the injured Mathew Leckie and Marko Grujić started ahead of Maximilian Mittelstädt. Augsburg head coach Martin Schmidt made four changes to his side, as Rani Khedira, Konstantinos Stafylidis, Michael Gregoritsch and Julian Schieber made way for Reece Oxford, Jan Moravek, Marco Richter and Georg Teigl.
Backed by fantastic travelling support, Hertha began the game with high tempo. After just 180 seconds Salomon Kalou had a chance to open the scoring as he latched onto Valentino Lazaro’s cross, but was denied by Gregor Kobel. In the same minute, the ball was in the back of the Hertha net, but luckily for the ‘Old Lady’, Philipp Max was in a clear offside position. After the frantic start, the hosts took the lead seven minutes later, through a long range effort from André Hahn (10’). Dárdai’s men responded well to the goal, continuing to play forwards and look for the equaliser, but were unable to create any significant chances. In the 25th minute, Ondrej Duda’s cross almost forced an own goal from Augsburg’s Philipp Max, as his clearing header went only a whisker wide of his own goal. The next chance fell to Duda again in the 36th minute, but the Slovakian was unable to make clean contact with the ball. Just two minutes later, Lukas Klünter forced Gregor Kobel into action again as the Old Lady continued to push for the leveller that their performance deserved. Unfortunately there was no way through and the first half ended with the score at 1-0.
Hertha didn’t have to wait long after the kick off for the overdue equalising goal. Duda’s long ball was perfectly weighted and found Marvin Plattenhardt free at the back post, who finished past Kobel for his first goal of the season (47’). But the celebrations didn’t last long: after a foul from Karim Rekik on Gregor Teigl, Augsburg were awarded a penalty, which was converted by substitute Michael Gregoritsch to restore the hosts’ lead (50’). Like in the first half, the Old Lady were not fazed by the goal. First Marko Grujić narrowly missed the target, before Ondrej Duda was denied by Kobel and Duda then saw his effort from distance miss the target. Hertha finally had reason to celebrate in the 66th minute, when Marko Grujić headed home a Valentino Lazaro corner to level the scores again. Unfortunately for Hertha, Augsburg hit back immediately once again. Marco Richter supplied Gregoritsch, who doubled his tally to put the Bavarian side ahead for the third time (70’). As the excitement never seemed to stop, Hertha equalised again just five minutes later. Valentino Lazaro provided again as his cross was finished by Salomon Kalou and Hertha were celebrating once more. Substitute Davie Selke had two headed chances to put his side ahead in the 83rd and 88th minutes but couldn’t convert. However in added time, Pascal Köpke was brought down in the area by Reece Oxford and Kalou stayed cool to slot home the match winning goal from the penalty spot (90+3’).
Conclusion and Outlook
After the 4-3 victory, the ‘Old Lady’ occupy 10th place in the table with 43 points. Next Saturday, the capital club welcome Bayer 04 Leverkusen to Berlin for the final fixture of the season.