Hertha BSC lifted the TEDi-Cup on Sunday afternoon (08/07/18) at a packed-out Mondpalast-Arena. Hertha ran out 2-0 winners against SC Westfalia Herne and beat MSV Duisburg 1-0. “In principle, the win was a must,” explained Hertha head coach Pál Dárdai. “It was important to put the team under pressure in a competitive environment again.”
Salomon Kalou provided the two best opportunities of the first half in the mini-tournament, narrowly missing the target with a 16th minute header and seeing his effort go marginally wide of the post just four minutes later. The second half saw the club from the capital step things up a gear and Davie Selke finally rewarded the team for their efforts, coolly converting after an excellent long ball from Maximilian Mittelstädt. Javairo Dilrosun then doubled Hertha’s lead with a superb individual effort to net his first goal in a BSC shirt. Both goals gave Dárdai’s men a comfortable 2-0 victory.
The Berliners progressed to meet second-division side MSV Duisburg, who had made it through after a 3-0 win over FC Brünninghausen. Both sides found it tricky to create any meaningful opportunities during the first few minutes. Karim Rekik’s last-ditch block prevented MSV taking an early lead, before Vedad Ibisevic had the best chance so far with a close-range shot, although he failed to put it away. However, Ondrej Duda went one better on 30 minutes as he saw his strike go in off the post to give his side the lead. That proved to be enough as the second half saw neither side break the deadlock, giving Hertha BSC the victory and with that, crowning them champions. “I’m pleased. Everyone played 60 minutes and nobody picked up any injuries. That was a good end to this phase of training,” said Pál Dárdai.
1st match: Kraft – Klünter, Stark, Torunarigha, Mittelstädt – Skjelbred, Maier – Lazaro, Dilrosun, Kalou – Selke
Goals: 1-0 Selke (50’), 2-0 Dilrosun (53’)
2nd match: Jarstein – Esswein, Rekik, Friede, Kade – Lustenberger, Duda – Dárdai, Köpke, Jastrzembski – Ibisevic
Goals: 1-0 Duda (30‘)
Match time: 2 x 30 minutes halves
Stadium: Mondpalast-Arena, Herne