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Hertha beat Braunschweig 3-0

Ronny celebrates new deal with double strike.

Berlin - The final game of Bundesliga matchday 28 was a mouth watering top two clash in Berlin, where Hertha entertained second placed Eintracht Braunschweig in front of 51,029 at the Olympic stadium in Berlin on Monday night (08.04.13). A Ronny brace and a further strike by Adrion Ramos saw Hertha win 3-0 and increase their lead at the top to four points.

After the easy 2-0 home win over Bochum last time out, Hertha coach Jos Luhukay stuck with the same starting eleven for the visit of Braunschweig, who were accompanied by 10,000 fans to Berlin. The Dutchman was without injured duo Ndjeng and Bastians, and Maik Franz failed to recover from a heavy bout of flu in time to make the squad. Braunschweig boss Torsten Lieberknecht made three changes to his side which beat Dynamo dresden 2-1 at home last weekend: Bohl, Vrancic and Gianluca Korte were replaced by Pfitzner, Petersch and Kratz.

Ronny signs and scores

Moments before kick off came the news all Hertha fans had been hoping for. The club announced that Ronny had signed a contract extension which will keep him in the capital city until June 30th 2017. The news was greeted by raptures of joy by the home fans. As the game began Braunschweig threatened first, as Deniz Dogan narrowly missed the top left hand corner of the net with a bicycle kick (5.). At the other end, Ronny dribbled his way into the Braunschweig box on the right from where he fired a low shot towards the near post. Luckily for the visitors keeper Daniel Davari dived down to his right in time to avert the danger (9.). Luhukay was forced to make a change after only 12 minutes, as Peter Niemeyer was taken off with concussion following an aerial duel near the halfway line. The Hertha captain was replaced by Alfredo Morales who put in a solid performance.

The home side took the game to the visitors, who at times could only stop them with niggly fouls. Hertha always looked dangerous moving forward at speed. On 31 minutes Ronny played a one two with Sami Allagui who crossed into the middle from the right. Ermin Bicakcic cleared the ball with his head in the nick of time before Ramos reached it. Then Omar Elabdellaoui brought down Levan Kobiashivili a couple of metres outside the left hand side of the Braunschweig box. Up stepped Ronny to blast the ball home past the keeper, who in truth should have done better. It was Ronny's 16th goal of the season. Five minutes before the break Braunschweig should have scored from one of their rare ventures forward, as unmarked Bicakcic nodded a Kratz free kick wide of goal. Hertha deservedly led 1-0 at the break.

Irresistible Ronny scores and turns provider

Both teams emerged for the second half unchanged. The half was only two minutes old as Ronny missed an absolute sitter. Peer Kluge superbly advanced into the area from where he found Ronny with a low square ball. The Brazilian pushed the ball wide of an empty goal from only nine metres out (47.). Ronny then turned provider. First he found Morales some 25 metres out from where he fired a fierce shot into the arms of the Eintracht keeper (52.). What happened next left the huge crowd open mouthed. Ronny played a wonderful pass with the outside of his boot into the path of Ramos who was advancing down the right wing. The Columbian hit man beat his marker with blistering pace, entered the box and cheekily chipped the ball home at the near post to take his season tally to ten (55.).

The Niedersachsen-based visitors bit their teeth out on the well organised home defence superbly marshalled by Fabian Lustenberger and John Anthony Brooks, who never gave Eintracht danger man Domi Kumbela (17 goals) a sniff of the action. On one rare occasion home stopper Thomas Kraft stood his ground as Braunschweig substitute Orhan Ademi fired the ball against his body (72.). Then it was Ronny's turn to shine again. Hertha were awarded a free kick in a central position a couple of metres outside the box. Ronny blasted the ball into the middle of the net with the keeper rooted to the spot (76.). Luhukay then introduced fresh legs by bringing on Christoph Janker and Pierre-Michel Lasogga for Kluge and Ramos.

Nice at the top

Hertha continued to move forward in the latter stages of what was a one sided game. They were down to ten men for the final two minutes though after Peter Pekarik pulled up during a sprint and limped off clutching his left thigh. Hertha easily played out the remaining minutes to record a fine and more than deserved 3-0 win. Next Friday (12.04.13) the capital city side are in action again as they take on FC Ingolstadt away from home.

Teams, 27.05.2018