Ante Covic made three changes from last weekend with Eduard Löwen and Vladimir Darida coming in for Per Skjelbred and Marko Grujic. Karim Rekik came in at the heart of defence with Vedad Ibisevic taking his place on the bench.
The first chance of the game fell to the guests: Yussuf Poulsen rose to meet a corner but Rune Jarstein was there to keep the header out (7’). Then it was Hertha BSC who showed their dangerous side as, after a fine solo run from Dodi Lukebakio, Darida was set in but he shot lacked the necessary power and conviction to trouble Peter Gulacsi in goal (16’). Shortly after, Javairo Dilrosun put a shot from distance over the bar, before Leipzig had their best chance of the game when Timo Werner’s shot was blocked off the line by Lukas Klünter (22’). Just a few minutes later, the club from the capital were rewarded for a decent performance so far when Maximilian Mittelstädt’s shot from around 20 yards flew in to the bottom corner (32’). Unfortunately, the joy didn’t last long as the ball hit Karim Rekik’s hand from short distance and after consulting with VAR, the referee decided to give the penalty which Timo Werner slotted home (38’). In first half added time, Marcel Sabitzer’s deflected shot then somehow trickled in to the net to give the visitors the lead at the break (45’).
After the change of ends, neither team really looked like scoring at first with the game mostly being played in the middle of the park. Close to the hour mark, Javairo Dilrosun went down under contact in the box but the referee’s whistle remained quiet (57’). Niklas Stark was also down in the penalty area some minutes later with blood on his face but again there was adjudged to be no foul play from the visitors (71’). Not long after, Christopher Nkunku was picked out at the back post but his shot didn’t find the target (76’). Shortly before the final whistle the goals started flying in – first off it was Kevin Kampl who got in to the Hertha box and struck in to the right hand corner (86’). Then it was Timo Werner who made it 4-1, before Davie Selke softened the blow with a consolation goal to make it 4-2 (90+2) with the game ending shortly thereafter.
Conclusion and Outlook
After the loss this weekend, the club from the capital sit in 12th place in the table with eleven points. Once the international break is over, Hertha will go to Augsburg on 24/11/19.