Bremen/Berlin – Valentino Lazaro described the situation perfectly after the game, saying “it’s like a curse.” The 22-year-old was referring to the 66th minute, when Marvin Plattenhardt fouled opposition player Gebre Selassie in the box, ultimately leading to Max Kruse scoring the hosts’ third goal. It was the fifth penalty that Hertha have now conceded in five games, a Bundesliga record which the team would gladly not have. “After this goal the game was effectively over,” summarized head coach Pál Dárdai after the first defeat of the season.
Dárdai could have easily said the same thing as Lazaro after the game. The Hungarian head coach is still without a win against Bremen, having attempted to beat them now on seven occasions. For Hertha, it was the ninth defeat in the last eleven meetings in Bremen. The last Hertha win came all the way back in 2006. “We gave a lot but couldn’t execute our plans properly in the first half. Perhaps we weren’t fresh enough and we didn’t win enough tackles,” analysed Dárdai, whose team had gone into the game unbeaten with ten points from four games. The most frustrating thing for Hertha was that both the goals in the first half were preventable. The first goal came after Fabian Lustenberger accidentally kicked the ball out of goalkeeper Rune Jarstein’s hands and the second goal saw Milos Veljkovic have far too much room for his header in the box. “I was ready to clear the ball and had drawn my foot back, thus it was too late for me to pull away when Rune went for the ball with his hands. It was very unlucky and a real shame for the team,” said Lustenberger.