Coach Ante Covic made one change to his starting line-up on Friday night. In place of Davie Selke, Vedad Ibisevic started after his brace last match. Düsseldorf coach Friedhelm Funkel, responsible for the fate of the capital club in the 2009/10 season, made his 500th match as a coach.
In the pouring rain, the Herthaner took control of the lower-ranking guests right from the start. The home side also had the first chance when Vladimir Darida pulled one back to Ibisevic with a free-kick, but his deflected shot flew just over the box (5’). 70 percent possession of the ball, 70 percent won duels and seven shots tells you all you need to know about the first quarter of an hour. Javairo Dilrosun almost gave the team the lead, after a corner from Darida and a quick turn in the box but his effort went over the crossbar (17'). After that, it became a bit of a strange game with referee Martin Petersenat the heart of it: After a duel between Maximilian Mittelstädt and Lewis Baker in the penalty area, the referee went to the screen to check for a possible Düsseldorf penalty – but waived away claims (25’), and then shortly after a clash between Dedryck Boyata and Oliver Fink, he went to the screen again, this time awarding the penalty (31’). Rouwen Hennings gave Jarstein no chance - a low shot into the left corner to make it 1-0 (32’). Only two minutes later, Ibisevic was unlucky not to put a great pull-back from Mittelstädt over the line (32'). But he did not need a second invitation. Wolf put in an excellent cross, Ibisevic shook off his opponent and slammed the ball into the net (37’). The 'alte dame' did not let up with Dilrosun missing by inches to put Hertha in front. His shot from close range drifted over the bar (40'). But the left winger would get his chance before the half-time whistle. Hertha's number 16 met a cross from Darida and produced a beautifully deft finish in to the top left corner to give the home side a more than deserved 2-1 lead (44’).
Lukébakio lays it on a plate for Darida
The second half also started spectacularly: Darida put it into the penalty area, Ibisevic was lurking at the far post and scored, but the goal was ruled out for handball (50’). The club from the capital were hungry for the third goal. Ten minutes later the coach brought on Dodi Lukébakio for Dilrosun (60’), and the ex-Düsseldorf player produced a wonderful display. After running the length of the field, he put it on a plate for Darida, who showed no nerves in front of Steffen and scored the almost overdue third goal (62’). Another ten minutes later, Davie Selke came on for Ibisevic (71’). The striker almost scored with his first touch, but watched as shot sailed wide (78’). In the closing stages, Mathew Leckie also came on for the ever-influential Marius Wolf (79’), but not much happened in the last few minutes. So it was the second home win of the season - and the first three points against Dusseldorf for almost 40 years.
Conclusion and outlook
The club from the capital will go in to the international break with 3 wins in a row! After seven games, the team now have ten points and sit in tenth place. Covic’s men return to the Bundesliga on the 19th October for matchday 8, when they visit Werder Bremen (15:30 CEST).