After victory against Minnesota United FC on Wednesday, Hertha won their second of the #TearDownWalls tour with a 4-0 win over Forward Madison on Friday.
From the offset, The Old Lady dominated the hosts, who will play football in the US third-division next season. Pascal Köpke and Javairô Dilrosun had good chances in the early stages, but Madison custodian Coulter kept the game scoreless. The keeper was finally beaten on the 25th minute mark, however, after Dilrosun rifled home an unstoppable shot to give Hertha the lead. Per Skjelbred almost doubled the lead just two minutes later with a shot from close distance. The Old Lady continued to set the tone right until the half-time whistle, and were rewarded for their dominance with a second goal. Fabian Lustenberger, in his last game for the club, forced the ball over the line in injury time to double the visitors’ lead.
In the second half, Dennis Smarsch in the Hertha net was on top form, making a split-second save to deny Paulo’s shot from finding the back of the net. At the other end, Köpke and substitute Davie Selke had chances to score, with Selke eventually finding the net in the 57th minute from the penalty spot. Maximilian Mittelstädt tried twice from distance, but the midfielder had no success. Goalkeeper Thomas Kraft came on at right-back just before the 70 minute mark, and was able to celebrate as Marko Grujić fired home from 15 yards in the closing stages. An entertaining 90 minutes ended with Hertha claiming a well-deserved 4-0 win.
Hertha line-up: Smarsch - Mittelstädt, Torunarigha, Stark (46‘ Rekik), Pekarík (69‘ Kraft) - Lustenberger (46‘ Grujić), Skjelbred (46‘ Plattenhardt) - Kalou (46‘ Selke), Čović (69’ Lazaro), Dilrosun - Köpke
Goals: 1-0 Dilrosun (25’), 2-0 Lustenberger (45+1‘), 3-0 Selke (57‘ penalty), 4-0 Grujić (80’)