3-0! Hertha triumph in Hamburg!

Adrian Ramos was unstoppable as Hertha won 3-0 in Hamburg.

Hamburg - Hertha got their season back on track on Saturday evening, beating HSV 3-0 in a Bundesliga matchday 20 encounter played in front of 48.593 at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg.The game was as good as over for the hosts at halftime. Home keeper René Adler saved a penalty taken by Ramos on 14 minutes, pushing the ball away for a corner, from which the visitors opened the scoring through Allagui (15.). That started the landslide. Bundesliga top scorer Ramos upped his tally to 14 with a brace of goals (23./39.), putting the game to bed before the break.

Penalty save precedes opening goal

A lot had happened in Hamburg ahead of the game. Many talks had taken place internally and it was announced that the team had closed ranks and moved closer together. The fans also made a superb gesture in midweek, arranging a march involving over 350 of them to Wednesday training at the Imtech Arena to support their team. Hertha were keen to record their first victory since the winter break. The atmosphere ahead of kick off was electric, but the football Gods were against the Rothosen as the game showed. HSV stopper René Adler pushed a penalty kick away for a corner awarded after Westermann had fouled Hosgai. In truth the challenge looked to be outside the box. The resulting corner was tucked away by Allagui, who sent the 3,000 or so Berlin fans into ecstasy. Berlin took the game by the horns and scored two further goals through on-fire Columbian hit man Ramos before the break.

"Harmless" HSV in the second half

Hertha cleverly defended their huge lead after the break, and could have increased it, had Adler not denied Ramos on two occasions in one on one situations. HSV simply didn't have the means to turn things around. In fact they only threatened twice through a van der Vaart header and shot. Hertha ran out the deserved 3-0 winners to get their season back on track. After publicly displaying the togetherness within the Rothosen squad this week, this defeat was especially bitter. Matchday 21 sees the Rothosen travel to bottom-placed Eintracht Braunschweig, for what will be if HSV are to make progress in their relegation battle, a real "six pointer". Hertha take on VfL Wolfsburg at home next Sunday.

Teams, 27.05.2018