London – The game in the capital began with a number of crunching, though fair tackles. Crystal Palace had the first notable chance of the afternoon, when Benteke had the ball in the back of Hertha’s net, however his goal was ruled out for offside (10’). At the other end, Hertha’s best early opportunity fell to Vedad Ibisevic, who couldn’t quite forced home Salomon Kalou’s cross. The hosts looked to have finally opened the scoring in the 21st minute, but Scott Dann’s header hit the post and came back out. Both teams struggled to control the midfielder hereafter and the crowd had to settle for little attacking play until the 42nd minute. Palace keeper Guaita parried Ibisevic’s shot after a one-two with Ondrej Duda. Hertha’s number 10 then whipped in the resulting corner and the ball eventually found its way in off the back of Marvin Plattenhardt (42’), meaning the ‘Old Lady’ went in 1-0 the good at the break.
A rush of goals in the second half
The second period started just as the first had finished. Maximilian Mittelstädt put in a fantastic cross, which Ibisevic met and doubled Hertha’s lead (52’). Ante Čović’s side continued to press for goals, with both Duda and Ibisevic going close in the next ten minutes (58’ & 61’). The coach then made four changes: Per Skjelbred, Eduard Löwen, Mathew Leckie and Davie Selke came on Marko Grujic, Duda, Kalou and Ibisevic. The Premier League side’s best chance fellow to Ayew, who couldn’t head home to bring them back into the game (68’).
Maurice Covic and Sidney Friede also entered the field for Lukas Klünter and Vladimir Darida, before Maxi Mittelstädt sealed the victory with a deflected shot from outside the box (76’). Davie Selke almost got in on the act four minutes later, but he was denied by the post. McArthur’s shot for Palace was cleared off the line (80’) by Hertha’s defenders and the visitors then added salt into the wounds in the 82nd minute: after being fouled in the box, Selke stepped up to add the fourth and final goal of the day.
It was a successful final friendly before Hertha’s season kicks off in the DFB-Pokal next Sunday (11/8/19) at VfB Eichstätt.
Hertha BSC: Jarstein (46‘ Kraft) - Klünter (68’ Friede), Stark, Rekik, Plattenhardt - Darida (68’ Covic), Duda (61’ Skjelbred), Grujic (61’ Löwen) - Kalou (61’ Selke), Ibisevic (61’ Leckie), Mittelstädt
Goals: 0-1 Plattenhardt (42’), 0-2 Ibisevic (52’), 0-3 Mittelstädt (76’), 0-4 Selke (82’, penalty)