A comeback on the Rhein

Hertha BSC came back from three goals down to draw their game against Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-3 on Friday night.


Alexander Nouri made seven changes from the side that lost 5-0 at home to Cologne last week. Thomas Kraft came in in goal for Rune Jarstein. Lukas Klünter, Jordan Torunarigha, Per Skjelbred, Vladimir Darida, Javairo Dilrosun and Dodi Lukebakio were the other changes in the team. They replaced the suspended Niklas Stark and Santiago Ascacibar, as well as Marius Wolf, Maximilian Mittelstädt, Maro Grujic and Arne Maier who all dropped to the bench. Also coming into the first team for the very first time was 18-year-old Lazar Samardzic, who made the bench. Hertha therefore acted with a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Uwe Rösler saw no reason to drop any of his players and fielded the same side as in their game the previous week. Ex-Herthaner Alfredo Morales sat on the bench for Düsseldorf.

Match Analysis

Heavy rain was falling in Düsseldorf as the game kicked off and it was a turbulent start on the pitch too for Hertha. Düsseldorf went in front early as Karaman rounded Thomas Kraft before slotting into the net to put the hosts one up (6’). After eight minutes, Hertha were really looking for a quick reponse, Krzystzof Piatek’s effort was saved by the Fortuna keeper and out for a corner. Unfortunately, Fortuna managed to take advantage of the miss at the other end as they went two up courtesy of Erik Thommy (10’). At the other end it was Piatek again who missed from a tight angle as the ball hit the post before heading out for throw. Just two minutes later, Kastenmeier was called into action once again for Fortuna to save a good attempt from Dodi Lukebakio. Hertha were making it clear that although they were two down, they were more than capable of getting themselves back into the game. Cunha struck from distance once more before Piatek was released again both shots were saved by an in-form Kastenmeier in goal for Fortuna (33’). It was therefore quite unlucky that Hertha once again conceded before half time, as Karaman hooked in another for Düsseldorf. A very harsh 3-0 scoreline it was then, heading into the break.

Nouri made a couple of changes at half time with Marius Wolf and Maximilian Mittelsädt replacing Dodi Lukebakio and Javairo Dilrosun at half time as the team looked to gain a bit more stability. And it was Wolf who had the first big chance for the away side of the second half but his effort didn’t trouble the Fortuna goal (51’). Hertha continued to cause problems for the Fortuna defence though and they were eventually rewarded with a bit of luck as a strange Erik Thommy own goal which may have involved a hand, gave them a way back into the game. The goal seemed to give the team a much-needed lift as just two minutes later, Marius Wolf crossed for Cunha on the edge of the box who struck a brilliant effort into the bottom corner and pile the pressure onto the home side. Uwe Rösler reated immediately as he brought on Zanka to try and sure up his team defensively. But it didn’t seem to stop the now rampant Hertha as Vladimir Darida had a free kick saved by Kastenmeier once more (72’). Two minutes after that, the referee was forced to intervene as Piatek was bowled over in the Fortuna box which resulted in a Hertha penalty. The Polishman took it himself and slotted home cooly into the corner and give Hertha and well-deserved equaliser! Hertha weren’t done as they went in search of a winner – Jordan Torunarigha went close just a minute after the penalty. Fortuna continued to threaten on the counter too as Ampomah’s shot was saved brilliantly by Thomas Kraft (77’). Ampomah then seemed to have put the hosts back in front, only to have his goal ruled out for offside (82’). A dramatic game then almost had a truly perfect ending as Matheus Cunha hit one for the edge of the box once more but his effort cannoned off the post, meaning that at the end of the game, the teams were forced to share the points.

Conclusion and Outlook

After this massive comeback, Hertha remain unbeaten away from home in 2020, and sit in 13th place in the Bundesliga on 27 points. The next game for the Berlin side comes next Saturday as they take on SV Werder Bremen at home.

Teams, 29.11.2020