Jürgen Klinsmann made five changes from the first game against Schalke on Friday: Niklas Stark, Marvin Plattenhardt, Arne Maier, Pascal Köpke and new signing Krzysztof Piątek all came into the side. Left out were Maximilian Mittelstädt, Lukas Klünter, Marko Grujic, Javairo Dilrosun and Dodi Lukebakio. Karim Rekik (muscle problems) and Vladimir Darida (infection) missed out on making the squad. For the hosts, David Wagner made four changes with Jean-Clair Todibo, Alessandro Schöpf, Nassim Boujellab and Ahmed Kutucu all coming into the side for Ozan Kabak, Benito Raman and Weston McKennie.
The Herthaner, playing in a 3-5-2 formation, started off the game very well with plenty of bravery going forward. Marius Wolf had the first chance of the game, but Matija Nastasic deflected his cross onto the bar (10’). Just two minutes later though, Wolf gave the Herthaner plenty of reason to celebrate as his great cross was met by Pascal Köpke who tapped home to put the team from the capital in front (12’). The hosts were denied a quick reply by just a whisker as Jordan Torunarigha cleared Amine Harit’s shot off the line just in time. Seconds after, it was Jarstein’s turn to play hero as he saved a strike from Harit himself. Klinsmann’s boys then really turned the game their way though, boasting 60% possession, they seemed firmly in control. They were rewarded for this control too just six minutes before half time: after a quick counter, Köpke fed new man Piatek in the box and he slotted home for his first goal in a Hertha shirt on his first start for the club, much to the delight of the away fans. And so that’s how it stayed going into half time.
The first chance of the second half also belonged to the Polish forward, but his shot went just wide of the post before Arne Maier’s follow up was blocked by a Schalke defender (57’). At the other end it was Michael Gregoritsch who went close for the hosts but a great defensive partnership of Stark, Boyata and Torunarigha halted him once more.Both managers decided to make their changes as things got tactical: Jürgen Klinsmann brought on Maximilian Mittelstädt for Marvin Plattenhardt. Schalke began to push hard, and they eventually got their goal as Daniel Caligiuri cut in from the right and scored to make the game interesting (76’). Klinsmann reacted by sending on Dodi Lukebakio for Pascal Köpke, but unfortunately, it didn’t stop Schalke from grabbing a second goal. Caligiuri once again cut in from the right but this time fed Amine Harit who slotted home the equaliser (82’). Hertha having had so much more of the game really felt the sucker punch, and so the teams went into extra time.
Lukas Klünter came on for Marius Wolf to start the extra period, Daniel Caligiuri couldn’t continue after picking up an injury so Juan Miranda came on to replace him. The Spaniard had the first meaningful chance of extra time too but he chose to give it to Raman whose shot went wildly over the bar (99’). After that it became a turbulent affair with referee Harm Osmers in the middle of it all. After a hard tackle by Omar Mascarell, Jordan Torunarigha threw an empty drinks box on the floor amongst an incident with David Wagner. After a VAR intervention, both men were subsequently shown red cards (102’). After the second half of extra time began, both teams were still going for goal, but Hertha were denied by centimetres on the line after Javairo Dilrosun’s effort (109’). Klinsmann’s side had plenty of corners during this phase of the game, one of which provided the fatal blow. Raman was set away after a counter attack and he cleanly nutmegged Rune Jarstein to give Schalke the win after extra time.
Conclusion and Outlook
After being 2-0 up, it was a huge disappointment for Klinsmann’s guys to lose that game, and subsequently go out of the DFB-Pokal. A turbulent extra time period and a late, late goal will be difficult to accept. But we go again on Saturday as the team will host 1. FSV Mainz at the Olympiastadion (08/02/20, 15:30 CEST).