Jürgen Klinsmann made just one change from the win over VfL Wolfsburg last week as Dedryck Boyata came back into the side for Niklas Stark. New signing Krzysztof Piątek also started on the bench. For the visitors, David Wagner made three changes from their loss against FC Bayern Munich: Alexander Nübel came in for the injured Markus Schubert in goal, and Weston McKennie and Benito Raman also started in place of Jonjoe Kenny and Rabbi Matondo.
The Herthaner tended to sit back in the opening exchanges of the game and tried the utmost to get out on the counter. Clear-cut chances were lacking throughout the game, but Rune Jarstein had to be on his post after 18 minutes to stop a shot from Suat Serdar. The game become more and more intense, as the home side became much braver in thewir pursuit of a goal. Marius Wolf struck a volley wide (24’) as Hertha failed to take their first chance of the game. As much as the away side tried to attack, the Herthaner seemed more and more convincing at the back – Weston McKennie had the only remaining chance of the half but struck his effort over the bar. And so the game went into the break scoreless.
The Blue and Whites began the second half with plenty of forward momentum: Per Skjelbred put his effort over the bar after a good cross form Marius Wolf (47’). After 52 minutes, Javairo Dilrosun had his shirt pulled by Ozan Kabak in the box before going down, but the referee decided to play on. Then it was Dodi Lukebakio’s turn, as he looked dangerous on the break, but was halted at the last second. At the other end, a mix up at the back for Hertha almost led to an easy tap in for Benito Raman but for Jarstein’s last gasp save. In the 62nd minute, it was time for new boy Krzysztof Piątek to take to the field as he came on along with Arne Maier to thunderous applause. But the game remained quiet throughout. Piątek had a chance from a corner but headed just over the bar (73’). In the 86th minute it was hearts-in-mouths time for Hertha fans as Michael Gregoritsch looked to have scored with a header but in fact the ball had hit the side netting. Maximilian Mittelstädt had the final chance of the game with just seconds remaining but his effort went wide of the mark, and so the game ended goalless with both teams going home with a point.
Conclusion and Outlook
After this draw, Klinsmann’s side will stay in 13th with 23 points. The team will now turn their attentions to the second match of this double header on Tuesday in the DFB-Pokal. In the Bundesliga, the boys will be back with a home game against 1. FSV Mainz on Saturday (08/02/20, 15:30 CEST).