Ante Covic made just one change from the win against Düsseldorf with Karim Rekik coming in for the injured Niklas Stark. Nathew Leckie and Eduard Löwen both sat out with injury which meant that Pascal Köpke and Maurice Covic both sat on the bench. Sebastian Langkamp was on the bench for Werder.
Matchday 8 didn’t get off to the best of starts for Hertha as Josh Sargent converted the first real chance of the game after a wicked deflection off Dedryck Boyata took the ball past Rune Jarstein (7’). The club from the capital were denied a quick equaliser after Vedad Ibisevic was put through by a great pass from Marius Wolf but when the Bosnian went down under a challenge from the keeper, the referee waved away penalty claims (12’). After several corners, Maximilian Mittelstädt connected well but saw his volley fly on to the roof of the net (16’) before Vladimir Darida also tested the gloves of the Werder keeper (26’). Shortly after, Werder went up the other end but Dedryck Boyata cleared the ball off the line (27’). Marko Grujic had a go from long range but his effort whistled past the post (30’), and it was the Serb who also had the last chance of the half but his header from a corner went well wide (42’).
The first chance of the second half fell to Werder but Jarstein had no problems dealing with Eggestein’s logn range effort (54’). Two minutes later, Covic made a change with Dodi Lukebakio coming on for Javairo Dilrosun (56’). The next two chances also then fell to Werder but Milot Rashica twice found the gloves of Rune Jarstein (62’, 63’). Vladimir Darida then had a chance but his effort was too high (69’). However it wasn’t long until Hertha were finally celebrating as super sub Dodi Lukebakio raced in to the box and slotted a cool effort in to the bottom right corner (70’). In the final stages it was clear that both teams wanted to go for the win. The visitors brought on Davie Selke for Vedad Ibisevic to try and change things but after the full 90 had ended, things had stayed the same and the 1-1 draw signalled a well-earned point for Covic’s men.
Conclusion and Outlook
Hertha BSC will have to wait for the first victory in Bremen since 2006 – although the team do stay unbeaten in their last four games. This coming Saturday the ‘Alte Dame’ welcome 1899 Hoffenheim to the Olympiastadion.