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Hertha without a win on Easter Saturday

Hertha couldn’t quite break through the VfL Wolfsburg resolve on Saturday evening, and were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw with the Wolves. It was a great night for Julian Schieber nevertheless, as he celebrated his comeback after more than a year out.

Berlin - Five minutes had been played before Mitchell Weiser swung in the first corner of the game. The right back crossed it into the path of Matthew Leckie with pinpoint accuracy, who redirected the ball towards the Wolfsburg goal. His header clattered the woodwork - the right post to be exact. “On another day the ball would have gone in. And then the game would have gone a lot differently,” said the Australian after the game. It would have been an early lead so important in a game between these two defensively compact sides. But it helps no-one to speculate what might have happened if Leckie had managed to find the back of the net.

It wasn’t just that chance that ensured Hertha were the side in control in the early goings. They combined well multiple times to create good chances within the Wolfsburg penalty area. “We started off well in the first half and put what we had been doing in training into practice,” said Dárdai after the game. With a bit more precision and a bit more intent - they would have been up 1-0, said Dárdai confidently. “When you invest so much, you have to make sure that the final pass finds the man. If that had happened, we would have gone in front,” the coach continued, who only really had one moment to worry about, when Niklas Stark directed the ball onto his own post in a challenge with a Wolfsburg player (18’).

Schieber makes his return

Things took a turn for the worse in the second half. “Both sides really struggled to create any chances and both didn’t play at a high level,” summarized Dárdai. Hertha’s best chance of the second half came courtesy of Maximilian Mittelstädt, who was playing in place of the suspended Marvin Plattenhardt. “It’s a shame that it didn’t go in - for a short moment I thought it just might,” explained the Germany Under-20 player.

The best piece of news was thanks to the return of Julian Schieber, though. After 413 days without making a Bundesliga appearance, he made his return. “I’m really happy to have made my comeback after 14 months out. Even if it was a shame not to win,” said the 29-year-old. “It was a long and arduous path to get to this point - I had to work very hard to get back to the pitch. My body feels in great shape,” said Schieber on his recovery. Perhaps the forward could yet play a decisive role in the upcoming clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach (07.04.18) and make sure that the ball goes in this time.

Teams, 27.05.2018
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