Pál Dárdai decided to change his formation to facilitate both Davie Selke and Vedad Ibisevic up front and played a 4-4-2 in his 150th game managing the capital club. It was also Vedad Ibisevic’s 300th Bundesliga game, whilst it was Davie Selke’s first Bundesliga start. The two centre-backs consisted of Fabian Lustenberger and Jordan Torunarigha whilst Maxi Mittelstädt returned to the squad after coming back from suspension. In the Hannover side was ex-Hertha player Genki Haraguchi, who was sat on the bench.
The Berliners began the game confidently and put the opposition under pressure early by defending high up from the front. Already in the ninth minute, Hertha Berlin had the first chance of the game as Marko Grujić weaved his way around a few defenders before sending a powerful effort just wide of the post. Hannover needed a bit more time before they were able to threaten Rune Jarstein’s goal but in the 17th minute, Niclas Füllkrug had his effort saved by the Hertha goalkeeper. The phase that followed was rather calm with only long shots from Salmon Kalou and Michael Esser being the only shots taken at each goal. Shortly before the half-time whistle, the away side finally broke the deadlock as Jordan Torunarigha connected with a Valentino Lazaro corner to head home the opener and score his first goal of the season. Hertha Berlin went into the break 1-0 up.
The second half started with the home crowd roaring their team on. However, the away side were the first team to have a decent chance in the second half as Selke had a shot saved. Right on the hour, a cross from Selke found a free Vedad Ibisevic but the veteran was only able to loop his header onto the roof of the net from a couple metres out. Nevertheless, thirteen minutes later, after some great work and a superb cross from Torunarigha, Ibisevic doubled the lead as he scored a powerful header. Hertha were now in a comfortable position and Pascal Köpke was awarded his Bundesliga debut as he came on for goalscorer Ibisevic. The last phase of the game saw Mittelstädt have an effort pushed round the post but also saw Jarstein make two quality saves at the back to keep a deserved clean sheet. The players were at last able to celebrate a victory with their fans.
Conclusion and OutlookHertha Berlin are currently on 20 points and sit in seventh above FSV Mainz 05 and SV Werder Bremen who are both on 18 points. Hertha Berlin will host Frankfurt at the Olympiastadion next Saturday (8/12/18, 18:30 CET).