Pál Dárdai made one change to the team that drew 1-1 with Werder Bremen last week. The injured Jordan Torunarigha was replaced by the returning Arne Maier. Hertha began the game with tree at the back and two up front. The suspended Vedad Ibišević, the injured Marvin Plattenhardt and Pascal Köpke were replaced by Florian Baak, Palko Dárdai and Dennis Jastrzembski on the bench. Ex-Herthaner Jérôme Boateng started for the opposition.
In the Allianz Arena, it was Hertha BSC who had the first chance of the game as Davie Selke rounded Manuel Neuer, before placing the ball into the back of the net (11’). However, the goal was chalked off as Selke was deemed to have been offside. Hertha grew into the game well and defended well as a unit against the reigning champions. The next chance of the game fell to the home team as Joshua Kimmich broke forward, before dragging his shot just wide of Rune Jarstein’s post (14’). The last chance of a rather cagey first half was missed by the away team. After a good one-two between Marko Grujić and Salomon Kalou, Kalou was through and shot but his goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Jérôme Boateng (28’). Both teams went in at half-time goalless.
After the break, the game was once again very tight. The first chance fell to Davie Selke, as he chipped the ball over Manuel Neuer, but once again his effort was cleared off the line, this time by Kimmich (56’). Six minutes later, the hosts took an undeserved lead as Javi Martinez headed home from a corner (62’). Hertha tried to find an equaliser, but they were unable to create any meaningful openings for the last 30 minutes of the game. Even with Dárdai and Jastrzembski coming on for Maier and Kalou, only a long distance effort from Duda threatened the Bayern goal. Karim Rekik was sent off minutes before the final whistle.
Conclusion and outlook
The capital club now sit in 10th with 32 points. Next Saturday, Hertha will play Mainz 05 at the Olympiastadion. Mainz 05 are one place below Hertha with a two point gap.