A 4-2 home win against Borussia Mönchengladbach brought spectacular moments, records and firsts for Hertha Berlin. Never before have the club from the capital had such a good start to a Bundesliga season. They have also now scored in the last ten home games,a feat last achieved ten years ago. Valentino Lazaro, who scored his first ever home goal in the match against the Foals, was overjoyed after the game on behalf of all the Blue-Whites. “Since my move I’ve been waiting for the chance to score at the Olympic Stadium and enjoy it with all our fans. I really wanted to celebrate after my goal in front of the East Stand,” said the Austrian. “Even after the game it was a goose bump inducing moment to celebrate in front of our fans. It was a really perfect day for us!”
Duda breaks the record
It was a perfect day, which took going behind to start it all off. After a challenge from Niklas Stark on Gladbach’s Fabian Johnson, referee Markus Schmidt gave a penalty to the away side, which Thorgan Hazard calmly planted to the left, leaving Rune Jarstein no chance. “I asked the ref if he could perhaps look at the challenge again, but unfortunately he didn’t do that,” said Stark after the match. However, neither the defender nor his colleagues quarreled with the decision. They showed great character. “Maybe the penalty was kind of a wake-up call for us,” said Hertha’s number 5. Hertha then responded with two goals in quick succession, as Vedad Ibisevic and Lazaro turned the game around within four minutes.
More chances followed for Hertha and the side continued dominating the game after the break. An impressive third goal was the logical consequence of the home side's chances. Captain Ibisevic scored again after some brilliant play by Salomon Kalou. Dárdai’s men weren’t knocked out of their stride despite Plea making it 3-2 and then Niklas Stark only hitting the post. Ondrej Duda also hit the mark in the game, meaning he now has four goals in the first four matches, which is a first for Hertha in Bundesliga history - another club record securing the win.
Hungry for more
Despite the enthusiasm from the Blue-Whites on the pitch at the Olympic Stadium, they presented themselves very modestly and calmly after the game. “Compliments to the team, that was a very fun game and we deserved to win,” said Pál Dárdai after the match. The Hungarian, however, immediately put the focus on the upcoming tasks. “We can enjoy the moment, but in order to have more moments like this, we need to continue working hard.” His players had the same sentiment. “We had fun and the fans definitely did as well – I’m very happy for the team,” said brace-scoring Ibisevic. At the same time the captain warned: “Nevertheless, we have to stay grounded and remember that it was only Matchday 4.”
The ‘Vedator’ and Co. may enjoy the result – but only briefly. By Tuesday, the next task already presents itself. Hertha face Werder at the Weserstadion. “It’s going very well at the moment, of course we want to take our momentum with us,” stressed Stark. “We have to stay focused and try to win again in Bremen next week.” Pál Dárdai also announced the target for the away game at the Weserstadion. The Berlin side want to remain unbeaten – and hopefully give the fans more spectacular moments.