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Hertha thrashed by Leipzig on final day

Berlin- Hertha rounded out 2017/18 as they had finished 2016/17 – with a 2-6 home defeat. Last year it was Leverkusen, this year Leipzig, as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side ran riot from the first minute in the Olympiastadion. Dayot Upamecano headed RB in front; and despite Vedad Ibsievic’s equaliser immediately after, the visitors were 3-1 up after 25 minutes following strikes from Lookman and Augustin. Timo Werner added a fourth after the break before another for Augustin after the hour. Salomon Kalou reduced arrears, but Bruma’s curler late on gave Leipzig’s their sixth and rounded out a disappointing day for those in Blue and White.

Line-Up

Pál Dárdai made two changes to the XI that started in Hannover a week ago. Jordan Torunarigha started ahead of Per Skjelbred while the injured Valentino Lazaro saw his place in the side taken by Vedad Ibisevic, who started up front alongside Davie Selke.

 

Match Summary

Anyone expecting a quiet 90 minutes to see out the season in the Berlin was quickly proved wrong. At the same time anyone arriving late to this one would have missed one if not two early goals.

Dayot Upamecano rose highest to head Leipzig in front, only for Hertha to hit back straight away in the same fashion through captain Vedad Ibisevic.

Ademola Lookman established the away side’s league with a low shot under Jarstein and it got even worse for Hertha when Jean-Kevin Augustin slotted home number three.

The deficit could have been less at half-time had Karim Rekik’s header dropped the other side of the post or Jordan Torunarigha had been able to keep his resulting effort down.

Hertha’s trick of starting second halves strong deserted for the first time in a while, and it was left for Timo Werner and Augustin to rub further salt into the wounds and make it five just after the hour.

Salomon Kalou’s header brought Hertha ever so slightly closer – the Ivorian converting his 12th league goal of the season after Marvin Plattenhardt’s brilliant cross – but Bruma’s curling effort eight minutes from time put one final nail in Hertha’s coffin for the afternoon.

Julian Schieber was given a send off before kick off to mark his final match for Hertha, and played the last half an hour up front after coming on for Peter Pekarik.

Conclusion and Outlook

Hertha finish the 2017/18 Bundesliga season in 10th place with 43 points. Pre-season training for 2018/19 starts on June 26th.

Teams, 27.05.2018
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