Ante Covic made two changes from the loss at Mainz with Lukas Klünter and Javairo Dilrosun coming in for Jordan Torunarigha and Dodi Lukebakio as the Herthaner started with four at the back.
In the sunshine of late summer, the away side from Ostwestfalen started brightly – but it was Hertha who took the lead! In the 10th minute, Javairo Dilrosun took the ball down the left after a quick one-two with Marvin Plattenhardt. He then took a great solo run all the way and finished coolly past the keeper to make it 1-0. SC Paderborn would not lie down, however, as just three minutes later, Sebastian Vasiliadis found himself with a free header at the back post, but Rune Jarstein prevented the equaliser (13’). The guests remained the better side for long stretches of the first half with Hertha attempting to stay compact and allow as little as possible into the box, even getting out on the counter here and there. The away side continued to threaten though and in the 27th minute, Sven Michel had two opportunities to equalise: the first was blocked by Dedryck Boyata and the second saved by Jarstein. Shortly after, a shot from Christopher Antwi-Adjei went close, just flying over the Hertha bar (34’), before a deflected strike had the Hertha goalkeeper scrambling again (38’). Just before the break, Ondrej Duda was pplayed in after a fine combination between Marko Grujic and Davie Selke, only to see his shot denied by the Paderborn keeper.
Just two minutes in to the second half, the Herthaner were on edge again as Antwi-Adjei was up and away on the left wing, but eventually hit the side netting (47’). Hertha then went on the attack. First Niklas Stark headed a free-kick by Marvin Plattenhardt over the bar (51’), but then Marius Wolf finally made it 2-0. Dilrosun, who scored himself in the first half, this time turned provider as he set in Wolf with his pinpoint cross, who finished coolly (52’). Paderborn were not yet out of it though - Ben Zolinski used a lapse in concentration at the back for Hertha to his advantage, guiding the ball home from close range (54’). After a long ball from Wolf, substitute Vladimir Darida had only the keeper to beat but after the Czech chipped the goalkeeper, Paderborn’s defensive reinforcements came to the rescue. Shortly after, the players and fans erupted as Darida put the ball in the back of the net, only for referee Frank Willenborg to pull it back for offside (68 '). In the 74th minute it was the same again: this time Selke slotting it home, the goal again being ruled out. Heading in to the last 15 minutes, Huth blocked a Grujic shot before again preventing it from becoming 3-1 with good positional play to stop a long range drive from Darida (81’, 84’). The game finished as a 2-1 victory for Hertha – giving them every reason to celebrate!
Conclusion and Outlook
After gaining their first victory of the season, the “Alte Dame” climb to 15th in the table. Next week Covic’s men will travel to Cologne for the 6th matchday of the Bundesliga (29/09/19, 18:00 CEST).