Head coach Pál Dárdai made one change to the team that lost 3-2 to Borussia Dortmund before the international break. Fabian Lustenberger came in for the injured Jordan Torunarigha as the Blue-Whites started in a 3-5-2 formation. The hosts made two changes with Nordi Mukiele and Amadou Haidara coming for the injured Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Sabitzer who dropped to the bench.
The game began with a high tempo and with the hosts having some early chances as both Timo Werner (3’) and Yussuf Poulsen (5’) both came close to scoring. However, the away side also had their own chances as some good interplay between Maximilian Mittelstädt and Ondrej Duda resulted in Salomon Kalou having an effort go wide. The Blue-Whites defended well and were fully focused. For example, a superb sliding tackle from Karim Rekik to deny Poulsen from going through on goal. Nevertheless, the home crowd were celebrating what they thought was their first goal after Emil Forsberg’s free-kick rippled the side-netting. However, just three minutes later, the Swede found the back of the net. 10 minutes later, Fabian Lustenberger was caught on the ball and the resulting counter attack was put away by Poulsen to make it 2-0. The half-time whistle blew and the teams went in with the score the same.
The ‘Old Lady’ came out in the second half with the aim of trying to control the game and implement their game plan. However, simple unnecessary mistakes made it easy for Leipzig to attack. Poulsen scored his second and Leipzig’s third of the game only ten minutes into the second half. Five minutes later, Hertha had to endure a horrible two minutes where Leipzig scored twice; Poulsen claiming his third and Haidara scoring too. After going 5-0 down, Rune Jarstein made three good saves to keep the score down. In the last minute, Davie Selke had a chance to score a consolation but skied his effort. The score remained 5-0.
Conclusion and outlook
After this convincing defeat, Hertha remain on 35 points and sit in tenth position. The next game for the Blue-Whites will be at the Olympiastadion against Fortuna Düsseldorf.